Hawaii health officials reported 90 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, including 81 on Oahu, five on Hawaii island, two on Maui and two residents diagnosed out of state.
Two more people on Oahu have died from the virus. The Department of Health has recorded 124 COVID-19 related fatalities to date, but that does not include many of the deaths reported on Hawaii island. Civil Beat calculates 137 deaths so far.
The two Oahu men who died were hospitalized and had other health conditions. One was in his 50s and the other was in his 60s, according to a state coronavirus spokesperson.
The plan has four categories or tiers for reopening. If Oahu has a seven-day average of more than 100 cases a day and a seven-day positivity rate of 5% or higher, it will be in the most severe category. In Tier 1, restaurant dining is restricted to members of the same household, and more stringent restrictions are placed on commercial activities.
To reach Tier 4, the most relaxed tier, the island needs a seven-day average positivity rate of less than 1% and an average of less than 20 daily new cases.
On Thursday, 5.1% of tests statewide came back positive, Lt. Gov. Josh Green said on Instagram.
Last week, approximately 2.7% of COVID-19 tests on Oahu returned positive, but that included tests that were conducted as part of a federal surge testing. The surge tests contributed to a lower overall positivity rate. This week Oahu had an average of 89 cases per day as of Wednesday.
Sign up for our FREE morning newsletter and face each day more informed.
Before you go . . .
During this unique election season, we appreciate that you and others like you have relied on Civil Beat for accurate, objective coverage of the candidates and their races.
Covering the pandemic has taken a lot of our collective energy. But through it all, our small team of reporters made sure you didn’t forget about electoral politics. Because we know that elections not only test society’s participation in our democracy, but journalism’s commitment to safeguarding it.
If you’ve relied on our election coverage this season, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support our newsroom.