Two more men on Oahu have died from COVID-19, bringing the state’s death toll to 51. Both men had other health conditions and had been hospitalized. One was in his 50s and the other in his 60s.
Hawaii island saw 23 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and Maui saw eight. Oahu tallied 245 COVID-19 cases.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said Wednesday the growth in COVID-19 cases on Maui and the Big Island are concerning and being monitored by county and state health officials.
On Hawaii island, clusters of infections are associated with a recent beach party and a funeral that were captured by video on social media. More than 500 people who attended the funeral have been tested, according to state health department officials, who noted more follow-up testing is planned.
“We have concerns that ongoing gatherings, especially with inconsistent mask use or distancing, are contributing,” Park said in a statement.
A new stay-at-home order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and will last for two weeks. Businesses including hair salons and gyms must close, and restaurants will have to revert to takeout only. Child care, construction, health care and some educational and religious services will be allowed to remain open.
Data from the Department of Health shows that COVID-19 has affected more adults younger than 50 years old to date than elderly patients, but more fatalities have occurred among the elderly population. As of Tuesday, there were nearly 4,700 people with active COVID-19 infections monitored by the state health department, 95% of whom were on Oahu.