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Schools have been linked to several clusters during the past two weeks, officials said Thursday.
One outbreak at an Oahu intermediate school required health officials to contact more than 100 people. Officials believe the outbreak started after a student with the virus attended class in multiple rooms over the course of a day.
The school imposed a two-week quarantine for all students and teachers who shared a classroom with the sick student, state health officials reported. Only one other student tested positive for the virus.
Other clusters have been traced to college student parties in dormitories, at least one of which was a Halloween party.
Another case cluster was documented among four custodian and cafeteria workers who ate meals together.
There have been 1,397 new cases reported statewide in the last two weeks. Health officials use the number of cases reported in the past 14 days as a rough approximation of the number of active cases, or people who could still be infectious.
The daily case numbers are based on test results from laboratories statewide. The numbers include lab results from both residents and tourists. Since March, 95% of cases diagnosed in the islands have been among residents.
Civil Beat calculates at least 239 people have died from the disease in Hawaii including 17 deaths on Hawaii island that have not been recorded yet by the Department of Health due to medical verification lags. The statewide official death toll remains 222.
A post-arrival testing program of 15,000 residents and visitors who arrived in Hawaii from out of state during the last month found just 19 tested positive for COVID-19 after a second test, Hawaii News Now reported.
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
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