UPDATED: Two more deaths on Oahu takes the state COVID-19 death toll to 49.
Hawaii health officials reported 169 new COVID-19 cases Monday, along with two coronavirus associated deaths on Oahu.
Nine cases were reported on Hawaii Island and 10 new cases on Maui. The remaining 150 cases were on Oahu. Kauai reported no new cases.
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that there were 21 new cases on Maui.
No further details were provided about the latest deaths, but more information is expected this afternoon.
“My greatest concern is we’ve reached 250 individuals in the hospital, many now headed to the intensive care unit,” Lt. Gov. Josh Green said in a video posted on Facebook Sunday afternoon.
As of Sunday, 242 inmates and 43 workers at the Oahu Community Correctional Center had tested positive for the virus, according to the Department of Public Safety’s Health Care Division.
A longtime corrections officer and sergeant said Sunday that OCCC failed to immediately separate inmates who tested positive for the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, and at least one inmate released had recently tested positive.
The cases reported by the state include those who live on U.S. military bases, but COVID-19 case numbers for Hawaii military bases are not released by state or military officials.
Oahu beaches, parks and hiking trails are closed, but some epidemiology experts question the scientific rationale for those closures.
The economic impact of virus shutdowns is reflected in the struggles of local nonprofits to help keep residents fed. During the coronavirus pandemic, the Hawaii Foodbank has spent $5.1 million to feed thousands of families. By contrast, the Hawaii Foodbank spent just $400,000 on food purchases in 2019.
For more information, check the Hawaii Department of Health COVID-19 site and the Hawaii Data Collaborative COVID-19 Tracking site.
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