Hawaii health officials reported 121 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Wednesday and two deaths on Oahu.
There are currently 140 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state, including 47 people in intensive care. The state’s intensive care beds are at 70% capacity. The state’s quarantine facilities are at 32% capacity, with 140 individuals in government provided rooms.
Health workers were unable to reach four out of 10 people who tested positive for the virus in the first two weeks of September, according to data provided by the health department. Last weekend alone, a quarter of case files had an invalid phone number.
In the last 24 hours, 5.9% of tests statewide have come back positive.
Oahu’s framework for reopening is 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. Honolulu is beginning at Tier 1 — the most restrictive tier. 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.
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