Health officials reported 144 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Thursday, including 118 on Oahu, 14 on Maui, seven on the Big Island, two on Kauai and three residents diagnosed out-of-state.
Two fatalities were reported on Oahu.
The state’s official death toll is 246. Civil Beat calculates at least 261 people have died from the disease in Hawaii, including 15 deaths on Hawaii island that are pending medical verification by the state. The Hawaii County Civil Defense has recorded 49 deaths on the Big Island.
The cases announced Thursday reflect laboratory tests electronically reported to the Department of Health through Monday at 11:59 p.m.
Health officials have documented 1,288 new cases during the last two weeks. More than 200 of those cases are associated with two jail clusters.
In the last two weeks, 22 people at the Oahu Community Correctional Center and 112 people at the Waiawa Correctional Facility have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Emily Roberson, the DOH Disease Investigation Branch chief.
Other recent case clusters have occurred among coffee shop employees, restaurant coworkers, and a bar patron and bartender. On Oahu, DOH investigators are tracking four clusters in unspecified educational settings that have infected at least two dozen people within the span of two weeks.
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.
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.
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