State health officials reported 233 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including nine on Maui, five on Hawaii island, and two on Kauai. The rest were on Oahu.

Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda said Friday during a hearing before the state Supreme Court that 126 inmates have now tested positive for COVID-19 at the Oahu Community Corrections Center.

Espinda acknowledged on Thursday that corrections workers have sometimes cut short what is supposed to be a mandatory 14-day quarantine for inmates when they are first admitted to OCCC.

That quarantine is supposed to last for the two-week incubation period for COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the virus inside the facility. But Espinda said overcrowding in the unit where the prisoners were quarantined prompted jail staff to move some prisoners out into the general population early.

Gov. David Ige said Thursday that the state may need to push back its planned Sept. 1 date for reopening the state to tourists with a modified quarantine.

The state has seen an average of 204 new daily cases over the last seven days, and recorded more cases so far in August than all prior months combined. Six percent of tests in the last week have come back positive, and 447 of the state’s cases so far have been among children under age 19.

For more information, check the Hawaii Department of Health COVID-19 site and the Hawaii Data Collaborative COVID-19 Tracking site.

Cases, Deaths And COVID-19 Testing In Hawaii

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COVID-19 Cases
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Hawaii COVID-19 Cases By County

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