Health officials reported two more COVID-19 related deaths on Oahu and 261 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday.
The latest deaths were a man and woman in Honolulu, both who were older than 60, Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson confirmed Wednesday at a press conference.
On Oahu, where disease activity is most prevalent, 234 new COVID-19 diagnoses were made. Maui officials logged 20 new COVID-19 cases, and Big Island officials recorded seven. Kauai reported no new cases Wednesday.
Of the new cases verified Wednesday, 56 are attributed to the cluster of cases at The Oahu Community Correctional Center, the state’s largest jail facility.
DOH officials also noted 37 positive results from Tuesday are included in Wednesday’s count because of “laboratory reporting delays.”
There have been 43 deaths related to COVID-19 in the state to date, including 35 on Oahu and six on Maui. One Hawaii resident has died out of state.
Preschool cluster in one bubble—teacher and three students
Health plan offices — at least 31 cases
Homeless shelter — 20 cases; quarantine implemented facility-wide
Five distinct restaurant clusters involving multiple employees; no transmission to customers identified
Honolulu Hale — 11 cases located on two floors, potluck gatherings mentioned by employees being investigated as a potential transmission source
Strip club worker with potential exposures to coworkers and clientele
Oahu Community Correctional Center — 287 cases; facility areas in lockdown; additional facility-wide testing continues
Automotive cleaning and detailing service location—16 cases
Three fire stations — 10 confirmed cases in firefighters
Large funeral cluster — 75 confirmed cases linked to a series of funeral events
Bar clusters involving at least five people and two bars, Brix & Bones and Arena 808 (period of concern July 16–26)
State officials re-categorized a case on Maui to Oahu. A separate case was removed from Oahu’s cumulative infection count on Wednesday. The death reported on Oahu Wednesday is not yet reflected in the state’s tally, according to the DOH website.
An average of 237 new cases has been confirmed daily during the past week. The weekly average of new cases has risen steadily throughout the past several weeks. State officials have recorded more cases so far in August than all prior months combined.
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, who chairs the House Health subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to Gov. David Ige on Wednesday asking for more information about the state’s testing and contact tracing program.
The California congresswoman is pressing for answers on why Hawaii has such a high COVID-19 infection rate and whether the state mismanaged millions of dollars in federal stimulus money aimed at helping with virus prevention efforts.
On Tuesday, the Department of Health gave its most detailed report to date about the largest clusters of infection, many of which are ongoing.
For the first time ever, the state also published new information about COVID-19 cases in various types of elderly care facilities. Approximately 94 people, including patients, staff members or visitors associated with local elderly care facilities have caught COVID-19, resulting in 27 hospitalizations and six deaths.