Due to reporting lags, the state’s fatality count still does not include most of the 16 deaths now associated with the care home on Hawaii island to date. Those fatalities were confirmed by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency. A state coronavirus spokesman said the health department is still waiting on records for 25 possible COVID-19 related deaths across the state.
As of Wednesday, the total number of Yukio Okutsu residents who tested positive for the virus was 68. Twenty-nine of them are staying in a dedicated COVID-19 unit at the home. Five are hospitalized, and 19 have recovered, according to the facility’s administrators.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who tested positive last week for COVID-19, is in charge of implementing the testing program. Details for the plan are still being ironed out, but the state has agreements in place with CVS and Kaiser Permanente for testing.