Hawaii health officials recorded two deaths on Oahu and 155 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Friday — the highest single-day increase since Sept. 7.

The Hilo Medical Center reported two more deaths on Hawaii island that are not yet reflected in the state’s fatality count. Hawaii County has seen 36 deaths to date, including 27 from the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, six community members who died at the Hilo Medical Center, and two who died at the Life Care Center in Hilo.

Hawaii County reported 45 new cases Friday. One resident was diagnosed out of state and the rest of the new infections were recorded on Oahu.

Most of the cases identified on Hawaii island are connected to known clusters, according to Hawaii County officials.

Statewide, the average number of positive COVID-19 test results reported daily has hovered around 2.5% during the last week.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green said he is calling for a statewide mask-wearing mandate before the state launches a pre-travel testing program on Oct. 15, Hawaii News Now reported. 

Gov. David Ige said 420,000 rapid antigen tests will be available for COVID-19 testing at health care facilities and schools.

There are approximately 2,378 people with active infections being monitored in Hawaii. The number of people hospitalized increased from 109 to 111 people on Friday. Another 32 people remain in intensive care units, down from 35 Thursday. Hawaii hospital beds are 65% full and intensive care units are 60% full, including both COVID-19 patients and other patients.

The Department of Health has recorded 166 COVID-19 related deaths to date, but that does not include 19 deaths reported on Hawaii island. Civil Beat calculates 187 deaths so far, which includes 34 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

COVID-19 Cases
Tests Performed

Honolulu’s 7-Day Averages

Tier 1
Current Tier*
Daily Case Count
Test Positivity
Source: The City and County of Honolulu
* The current case numbers and test positivity rate may not correlate with the metrics set for a specific tier as the county must spend at least four consecutive weeks in a tier and meet the metrics for the next tier before advancing, according to the reopening plan. More information of the City and County of Honolulu’s reopening strategy as well as details of the restrictions of Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 can be found at oneoahu.org

Hawaii COVID-19 Cases By County

Daily New COVID-19 Cases

Number Of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In U.S.

COVID-19 Cases Worldwide

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