Health officials reported 110 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Wednesday, along with four fatalities recorded on Oahu.
Among the cases recorded Wednesday were 85 on Oahu, 14 on Maui, five on the Big Island and six Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state.
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.
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. At least 170 cases have been associated with Halawa Correctional Facility to date.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said he is considering revising Oahu’s reopening strategy to exclude inmate cases. Cindy MacMillan, a spokeswoman for the governor, said Tuesday the governor has not yet received an order from the mayor to make the change.
Oahu remains in Tier 2 of its reopening plan. The island had an average of 89 new cases daily during the past week, and 3.1% of tests conducted on the island were positive. The island must see a positivity rate of 2.49% or lower for two consecutive weeks to enter Tier 3, which would loosen some restrictions.
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 both residents and tourists.
Hawaii residents who test positive out of state also are included, as well as cases confirmed among military service members and their families, although military cases are not specifically identified.
If a visitor takes a test outside of Hawaii, those test results are reported to the home state and would not be reflected in the Hawaii’s reports. In some cases, rapid point-of-care testing results are not submitted to the health department and are not included in these daily reports either.
There were 1,470 cases recorded during the past two weeks — a metric that the health department uses as a proxy to estimate how many people have active infections.
The official state death toll is 278. Civil Beat calculates at least 284 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.
For more information, check this Hawaii Department of Health COVID-19 site or this state site, and the Hawaii Data Collaborative COVID-19 Tracking site. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency also provides this comprehensive dashboard.
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