Health officials reported 123 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Thursday, including 79 on Oahu, 24 on the Big Island, 11 on Maui and two on Kauai. Seven Hawaii residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 out of state.
Two fatalities were reported on Oahu. The state’s official death toll is 268 and the statewide COVID-19 fatality rate is 1.4%.
Gov. David Ige on Thursday approved Maui County’s plan to shut down all bars for two weeks beginning Saturday, Hawaii News Now reported.
During the past two weeks, Maui County’s weekly average case rate outpaced that of the weekly case rates statewide and in Honolulu. Maui County currently has the highest seven-day average daily case rate among all counties, with an average of 7.3 new cases per 100,000 people reported per week.
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.
Civil Beat calculates at least 274 people have died from the disease in Hawaii, including six deaths on Hawaii island that are still pending medical verification by the state. The Hawaii County Civil Defense has recorded 49 deaths on the Big Island.
Approximately 40% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Hawaii so far have been between 18 and 39 years old.
According to Janice Okubo, spokeswoman for the Hawaii Department of Health, the COVID-19 case reports are based on test results from laboratories statewide and include test results from both residents and tourists tested within the state.
If a visitor takes a test outside of Hawaii, those test results are reported to their home state health authorities and would not be reflected in the Hawaii health department’s reports. In some cases, rapid point-of-care testing results are not submitted to the DOH and are not included in these daily reports either.
There were 1,175 cases recorded during the last two weeks — a metric that the health department uses as a proxy to estimate how many people currently have active infections.
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