Hawaii health officials reported 90 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, all of them on Oahu.
New data on the Department of Health’s dashboard shows there are 1,829 active cases of COVID-19 in Hawaii — a figure that is trending downward. The state has identified 12,203 cases to date, 10,215 are categorized as being released from isolation, meaning they no longer have symptoms.
Over the weekend, the number of people categorized as released from isolation nearly doubled from 5,307 to 10,126 people. That’s because the department has been getting better at data entry, according to DOH Disease Investigation Branch Chief Emily Roberson.
The change reflects a more up-to-date and accurate picture of the current situation in Hawaii, she said in a statement sent to Civil Beat.
Oahu still limits gatherings to no more than five people. The island is using a new framework to guide reopening based on two metrics: the average number of daily cases and the average number of tests that return positive each week — a figure referred to as the positivity rate.
The plan has four categories or tiers for reopening. 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.
Honolulu is beginning at Tier 1, although its current metrics align with Tier 2. According to the plan, the city must stay in each tier for at least four weeks before it moves to another tier with more relaxed restrictions.
The Department of Health has recorded 132 COVID-19 related deaths to date, but that does not include many of the deaths reported on Hawaii island. Civil Beat calculates 145 deaths so far, which includes 28 deaths in Hawaii County — 26 of which were associated with an outbreak at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo.
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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