Health officials reported 190 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Monday, including 158 on Oahu, 15 on the Big Island and 15 on Maui. Two Hawaii residents were diagnosed out of state.
No new fatalities were reported.
The numbers reported by the health department Monday reflect diagnoses confirmed by the department through Saturday at 11:59 p.m.
At a press conference Monday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said that an outbreak at an Oahu correctional facility is affecting Oahu’s weekly case and testing rates — two metrics that determine when the island will loosen some COVID-19 related restrictions.
Approximately 85 of the Oahu cases announced Monday were associated with Halawa Correctional Facility, which also had 63 cases recorded Saturday, he said. Halawa has 936 inmates and at least 169 people at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19 to date.
Caldwell said he discussed revising Oahu’s reopening strategy to exclude inmate cases from influencing rules for the general population this week with Gov. David Ige and state health officials, but no changes have been made yet.
“The greater concern for me is having to snap back to Tier 1 where we’d be in semi-lock down again, which would not be good,” Caldwell said.
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.
Meanwhile, the first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Hawaii on Monday. Vaccinations of at-risk health care workers are scheduled to begin at the Queen’s Health Systems on Tuesday.
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 1,425 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.
The official state death toll on record by the Department of Health is 274. Civil Beat calculates at least 280 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.
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