Hawaii health officials recorded three deaths on Oahu and 83 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Tuesday.

Of the cases diagnosed on Tuesday, two were in Maui County, 14 were on Hawaii island and 67 were on Oahu.

Hawaii is getting ready to implement a pre-travel testing program that will allow travelers with a qualifying negative COVID-19 test to bypass the state’s quarantine beginning Oct. 15.

On Tuesday, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said the island will be opting out of the program, Hawaii News Now reported.

Gov. David Ige offered county mayors the option of opting out of the state’s plan on Monday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Kauai’s mayor proposed a second COVID-19 test for interisland travelers after they arrive, but the Kauai proposal was denied by the governor Monday.

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 average number of positive tests received on Oahu last week decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 3.1% positive. The island saw an average of 73 new cases reported daily, down from an average of 87 cases as of Sunday. Statewide, the average number of positive COVID-19 test results reported daily has hovered around 2.6% during the last week.

The plan has four categories or tiers for reopening. Honolulu is beginning at Tier 1 — the most restrictive tier. The current case numbers and positivity rate on Oahu aligns with Tier 2, but the county has to spend four weeks in a tier before it can loosen restrictions, according to the reopening plan.

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.

There are approximately 2,202 people with active infections being monitored in Hawaii. Approximately 128 people are hospitalized and another 39 people are in intensive care units. Hawaii hospital beds are at 65% full and intensive care units are 61% full, including both COVID-19 patients and other patients.

The Department of Health has recorded 160 COVID-19 related deaths to date, but that does not include more than a dozen deaths reported on Hawaii island. Civil Beat calculates 177 deaths so far, which includes 32 deaths in Hawaii County. Lags in state reporting are common as state health officials wait for information to verify COVID-19 fatalities.

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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