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.

As of Tuesday, 21 residents and six staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus at a Liliha nursing home.

The Department of Health has reassigned staff to ease the workload for the state’s contact tracing team, but the agency is still struggling to reach everyone with the virus.

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.

In the last seven days, 4.3% of COVID-19 tests on Oahu returned positive and the island saw an average of 102 new cases reported daily.

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.

The Department of Health has recorded 136 COVID-19 related deaths to date, but that does not include many of the deaths reported on Hawaii island. Civil Beat calculates 149 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.

Cases, Deaths And COVID-19 Testing In Hawaii

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Hawaii COVID-19 Cases By County

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