Hawaii health officials reported 63 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. All new diagnoses were verified by state health officials on Oahu except for eight in Hawaii County.
Another death was reported in Hawaii County Tuesday. It was associated with an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo. To date, 27 coronavirus related deaths have been tallied for Hawaii County — almost all of which are at the nursing home for veterans. Nineteen people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 related issues on the island, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense.
In the last week, an average of 98 new cases were tallied each day. That seven-day running average appears to be on the decline.
In the last week, approximately 2% of COVID-19 diagnostic tests returned positive. The lower weekly test positivity rate is still partially due to the federal testing surge that ended Sept. 14. Only 0.6% of surge tests were positive, and those results had been contributing to a lower overall positivity rate.
Half of all coronavirus 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. More than half of all hospitalizations and fatalities related to COVID-19 in Hawaii to date have been among people older than 60.
Nationally this week the U.S. topped 200,000 deaths related to COVID-19.