UPDATE: Another resident death at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home was reported by hospital officials late Sunday evening, bringing the death toll from the nursing home outbreak to 24.
Hawaii health officials reported 77 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday — the fourth time in September that the daily number of cases has dipped below 100.
Of the 77 new cases reported on Sunday, five were on Hawaii island, one was on Maui, and 71 were on Oahu.
In the last week, an average of 101 new cases has been reported daily, a significant decrease from late August when the seven-day average peaked at 255 daily cases.
In the last week, 1.9% of tests had come back positive. The lower weekly test positivity rate is still partially due to the federal testing surge that ended Monday. Only 0.6% of surge tests were positive, and those results had been contributing to a lower overall positivity rate.
Half of all virus cases in Hawaii to date have been among people under the age of 40, and nearly 10% — or 1,172 — cases have been children under the age of 17. Only three children have been hospitalized to date.
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