State health officials reported 66 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, along with another death on Oahu and one on Maui.
It was the lowest daily count recorded in Hawaii since the beginning of August, but pushed the state’s cumulative infection count to 10,025 since March.
The average number of new cases verified daily has ticked down from a peak of 250 on average per day in August to fewer than an average of 200 cases last week.
So far 88 people in Hawaii with the virus have died since the pandemic began.
Oahu, which is under a stay-at-home order, saw 58 new cases Tuesday. Six cases were documented on Hawaii island, and two on Maui.
A growing cluster of cases at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo prompted Sen. Brian Schatz to request federal assistance. Forty-six residents and 18 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, and eight people have died.
“It is increasingly clear to me that the state home is understaffed and ill equipped to stop this outbreak on its own,” Schatz wrote in a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs and Gov. David Ige. “I’m calling on the VA to immediately step in and deploy infection control experts and other health care professionals to the Big Island to get this under control.”