Health officials reported 66 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Tuesday including 51 on Oahu, six on Hawaii island, seven on Maui, and two residents diagnosed out of state.
Many of the recent cases on Oahu have been associated with an outbreak at Halawa Correctional Facility. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Monday that the cases at Halawa will not affect any decision to return Oahu to the restrictive Tier 1 in its reopening strategy.
The Department of Health will continue to include cases at correctional facilities as part of its daily report, health officials told Civil Beat.
Gov. David Ige said Monday at a press conference that he agreed with Caldwell that Oahu’s reopening strategy didn’t need to weigh case counts among an isolated inmate population, but said officials should continue to consider cases among correctional facility staff members.
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, leaving a 36-hour lag between when results are submitted to the Department of Health and when the state reports them publicly.
The official state death toll remains at 282. Civil Beat calculates at least 287 people have died from the disease in Hawaii, including five deaths on Hawaii island that are still pending medical verification by the state. Hawaii County Civil Defense has recorded 49 deaths on the Big Island.
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