Health officials reported 152 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, including three cases on Hawaii island, one on Kauai and one on Maui. The rest were on Oahu.
There are now more than 1,800 active cases confirmed on Oahu.
The state has seen an average of 180 daily cases over the last week — a significant jump from a month ago when the moving 7-day average was 24.
Because of a lag between when people catch the virus and when they need hospital care, officials are warning of a coming surge in hospitalizations.
The state’s intensive care beds were at 54% capacity as of Sunday, according to Lt. Gov. Josh Green. About 10% of people in Hawaii with the virus have needed hospital care.
Investigators with the Honolulu Liquor Commission busted 10 bars operating Saturday night in defiance of Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s July 31 order closing bars for three weeks.
On Saturday, the Honolulu Fire Department said 14 firefighters have so far tested positive for the virus, including six in Hawaii Kai, five at the Kalihi Fire Station and three at the Moanalua Fire Station.
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