State health officials reported 271 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths on Friday.

One case was on Maui, 34 were on Hawaii island and the rest were on Oahu. The state did not release any information about the two deaths.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has opened a coronavirus Central Command Post in an effort to get better communication between county, state and federal agencies.

The surge of cases on Hawaii island has been quite fast — and worrisome. The number of active cases on the island jumped from 16 to 151 between Aug. 15 and Aug. 30, according to daily bulletins generated by the Hawaii County Civil Defense.

State epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park is on a leave of absence from her position directing the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Department of Health officials said late Thursday.

Earlier this week, Gov. David Ige said Health Director Bruce Anderson, Park’s boss, would be retiring in mid-September.

Decades-old technology, along with other IT inefficiencies, has hampered contact tracing efforts by creating heaping laborious data-entry work on an overburdened staff at the health department, according to Dr. Emily Roberson, who was recently leading the Department of Health’s Disease Investigation Branch.

The latest breakdown of cases by age group shows that while most hospitalizations have been among elderly people with COVID-19, children and adults under the age of 30 have made up nearly a third of all confirmed virus cases in the state.

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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