Hawaii now has seen 2,197 positive cases of coronavirus since state health officials began reporting testing results in March.

That’s up 87 cases since Friday, a marked drop in the number of new cases being reported over the past several days.

All the new cases were on Oahu, state statistics show. One case was removed from Maui’s total due to updated information.

But state Department of Health officials said in a news release on Saturday that test results are now delayed again due to a lag in mainland processing where many of Hawaii’s tests are now being sent. So results are taking five to seven days to come back, they said.

“This delay may make case numbers appear lower than actual disease activity,” the press release said.

“Many of the cases reported recently are associated with social gatherings,” said Health Director Bruce Anderson said in the release.

According to the news release, this month, multiple cases have been associated with a yoga class, fire station, funeral events, gyms, socializing at bars and training events. Infections have been traced to workplaces including a construction company and site, non-patient care areas of hospitals, social service organizations, nursing and care homes, retail establishments and warehouse and delivery businesses.

Health officials said new cases on Oahu are located all over the island including Haleiwa, Hauula, Kaneohe, Laie, Mililani, Wahiawa, Waimanalo, Aiea, Ewa Beach, Honolulu proper, Kailua, Kapolei, Pearl City, Waianae and Waipahu.

DOH does not release more details on cases or investigations, saying the state needs to protect the privacy of the people involved. However, the lack of data made public in Hawaii has drawn widespread criticism from public health professionals and others who say the public needs much more and better information in order to make better decisions.

Wonder why Hawaii doesn’t provide more data on the coronavirus pandemic? Read Civil Beat’s new data column, “The Hawaii Variable,” to find out more.

The COVID-19 death toll remains at 26.

In the past week, 4.1% of people tested for COVID-19 had positive results, according to DOH.

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

2,197
COVID-19 Cases
26
Deaths
157,291
Tests Administered

Hawaii COVID-19 Cases By County

Daily New COVID-19 Cases

Number Of Confirmed COVID–19 Cases In U.S.

COVID-19 Cases Worldwide

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