State health officials reported 207 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, after getting additional test results from a private laboratory that had issues reporting over the weekend.
The Department of Health reported 45 new cases on Sunday, but warned that the results were artificially low — the result of recent modifications in federal data reporting requirements that created a delay at a private laboratory.
Approximately 114 of the cases reported Monday were from that weekend backlog. Nearly all the cases were on Oahu, except for two cases on Hawaii island and seven on Maui.
People are being infected from hanging out with friends, socializing in bars and attending religious gatherings and funerals, Health Director Bruce Anderson said in a press release.
“Unfortunately, Hawaii is experiencing spikes in cases similar to many mainland states, and in most cases, we can track new infections back to those who have let down their guard,” Anderson said. “Everyone needs to take this very seriously.”
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Monday that he is limiting gatherings — including funerals — on Oahu to 10 people or less.
“Right now we’re facing a massive challenge to get this virus back under control and we don’t want to go back to where we were in March,” Caldwell said in a press release.
DOH does not release more details on cases or investigations, saying the state needs to protect the privacy of the people involved.
However, more detailed information on what activities pose the most risk is critical to keep the economy going as cases surge, members of the House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness said on Monday.
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