State health officials reported 140 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths on Monday, including one case on Maui and one on Kauai. The rest of the cases were on Oahu.
Hawaii has now seen more cases in the first 10 days of August than all the cases reported in June and July combined.
The health department did not release details about the latest people to die from the virus. The three deaths were on Oahu.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Monday that he was being tested for the virus after 10 people at Honolulu Hale — including a staffer in his office — tested positive.
Caldwell said he was going to self-quarantine at home until his results come back — likely by the end of the day.
On Sunday, the state Department of Public Safety announced two more inmates and three more staff members had tested positive at Oahu Community Correctional Center, bringing the total count for the state system in the past week to six inmates and six staff members at three facilities.
Hawaii Public Defender James Tabe said Sunday night that his office is working on a new request to the Hawaii Supreme Court to take steps to reduce the inmate population to allow for social distancing and help slow the spread of the disease.
The state’s intensive care beds were at 54% capacity as of Sunday, according to Lt. Gov. Josh Green. So far, 7% of people in Hawaii with the virus have needed hospital care.
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