Hawaii health officials reported 129 new cases of COVID-19 statewide on Monday, including 83 on Oahu, 21 on Maui, nine on the Big Island, two on Kauai and 14 residents diagnosed out of state.
The official state death toll from the virus remains at 322. Civil Beat calculates at least 328 people have died from the disease, including six deaths on Hawaii island confirmed by local authorities still pending medical verification by the state.
While case counts in the islands have steadily dropped over the past 10 days, Hawaii remains at risk for another outbreak. The state is fourth in the country in terms of how fast the virus is growing.
According to the data-modeling site Rt.live, created by Instagram’s founders, Hawaii ranks high when it comes to the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. The state is currently at 1.09, meaning 1.09 people are estimated to get the disease from each infected person. Only Washington, Kentucky and Virginia have higher rates.
The state’s first mass vaccination center, managed by Hawaii Pacific Health, opened Monday at the Honolulu Harbor Pier 2 cruise ship terminal for residents age 75 and over and first responders. Hawaii Pacific Health CEO Ray Vera has said 20,000 doses have been set aside for the site.
Vaccinations are by appointment only there and at other facilities administering the shots.
There were roughly 600 people set to receive the shots Monday, Hawaii News Now reported. Another 1,500 were scheduled through Saturday, and the expectation is soon 3,000 to 4,000 people a day will be able to get vaccinated. Some 12,800 have made appointments so far, Hawaii Pacific Health says.
A second site is planned at Neal Blaisdell Center, managed by Queen’s Health Systems.
Over on the Valley Isle, officials had to close the Maui Health Community Vaccination Clinic on Saturday due to a shortage of vaccines from the state. Appointments were canceled through Feb. 7.
The state has administered over a third of the 152,650 COVID-19 vaccine doses it has received from federal authorities, according to the health department.
Across the state, 2.6% of people tested during the past week have been confirmed to have COVID-19. On Oahu, that figure was 3.2%.
Approximately 108 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, with 20 people in intensive care units and 18 using ventilators for breathing support.
During the last month, cases among the 18-44 age cohort appear to be outpacing new cases diagnosed among other age groups, according to new data from the health department.
Approximately 82% of the people who have died because of COVID-19 related issues in Hawaii were older than 60.
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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