Health officials recorded 61 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Tuesday, including 45 on Oahu, seven on Hawaii island, one on Kauai, four on Maui, and four more Hawaii residents were diagnosed outside of the state.
Kauai county recorded its first COVID-19 related death, Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami announced in a Facebook Live video. The Kauai man who died Monday was elderly and had no travel history, according to Kawakami.
Civil Beat’s virus tracker is updated when the state releases its daily numbers. The state posts new data daily at noon. The daily reports reflect laboratory results collected up until 11:59 p.m. two days prior, which means there is a 36-hour lag between when results are submitted to the Department of Health and when the state reports them publicly.
Kawakami urged people to avoid gatherings during the upcoming holiday season.
“We’re facing alarming COVID numbers on our island — 18 new cases in the past four days. That’s the highest rate that we’ve seen all year,” he said. “This is not just a tourist problem. Nearly half of our recent cases are among residents.”
The death on Kauai is not yet reflected in the state Department of Health’s official COVID-19 death toll. Civil Beat calculates at least 251 people have died from the disease in Hawaii including the Kauai death and 17 deaths on Hawaii island that are pending medical verification by the state. To date, 49 deaths on the Big Island have been recorded by the Hawaii County Civil Defense.
The COVID-19 case reports are based on test results from laboratories statewide. The numbers include lab results from both residents and tourists. Since March, 94% of cases diagnosed in the islands have been among residents and 7% have required hospitalization.
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