Hawaii health officials reported 123 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, including 91 on Oahu, 21 on Maui, six on the Big Island and five Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state.
In addition, after an inspection of electronic death certificate filings, state health officials found 60 COVID-19 related deaths that have gone unreported since August 2020, including 51 deaths on Oahu, six on Hawaii, and three on Maui.
According to officials, either a health care provider did not report the death or patients passed away after their “monitoring period with DOH.”
“Our close inspection of death certificates not only revealed 60 previously unreported deaths. It also uncovered flaws that led to delays in the current reporting system,” Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char said in a statement released to the media. “We are implementing changes to the process that will improve the timeliness of COVID-19 death reporting.”
The official state death toll from the virus is 401.
Of the 154,150 COVID-19 vaccine doses allocated to Hawaii, 94,003 had been administered as of Friday, according to the health department. Hawaii is currently in phase 1b of the vaccine rollout plan, which includes seniors 75 and older, first responders and other essential workers.
Across the state, 2.4% of people tested during the past week have been confirmed to have COVID-19. On Oahu, that figure was 3% and in Maui County, it was 3.6%.
Approximately 96 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, with 21 people in intensive care units and 18 using ventilators for breathing support.
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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