State health officials reported the deaths of seven people in Hawaii on Monday — the largest single-day death toll since the start of the pandemic.
One of the deaths had been reported Sunday by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, but was not included in the state’s data release until today.
The state has now seen 70 coronavirus-related fatalities.
Five people died on Oahu. The other two deaths were on Hawaii island — though one of those deaths was included in yesterday’s Civil Beat report.
Two male residents of the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo, both older than 80, were Hawaii island’s deaths.So far 27 residents and 10 workers at the home have tested positive.
On Oahu, four of the deaths were among hospitalized men with underlying health conditions. Two were older than 80, another was in the 70 to 79-year-old age group, and the third in the 60 to 69-year old group. An Oahu woman in her 60s was also hospitalized when she died on Oahu.
Health officials also reported 133 new COVID-19 cases, including 107 on Oahu, 24 on Hawaii island, and one on Maui. A Hawaii resident was also diagnosed out of state, and included in today’s numbers. So far, 25 Hawaii residents have been diagnosed outside of the islands and one has died.
State Health Director Bruce Anderson and Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda, the embattled directors of the state health department and prison system, are leaving Gov. David Ige’s Cabinet, officials announced Monday.
Oahu is in the midst of a federally funded testing surge, but the effort has been marked by significant challenges. On Sunday, officials confirmed that roughly 1,000 people would have to be retested after someone working at one of the testing sites made a mistake labeling the testing vials.
Officials are closing down the H-3 freeway on Oahu on Tuesday and Thursday to facilitate mass testing for COVID-19. Traffic will be closed in both directions from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on both days and testing stations will be set up inside the Harano Tunnel, Hawaii News Now reports.