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.”
Civil Beat’s virus tracker is updated when the state releases its daily numbers. The state posts new data daily at noon. Daily reports reflect laboratory results collected up until 11:59 p.m. two days prior, leaving a 36-hour lag between when results are submitted to the Department of Health and when the state reports them publicly.
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%.
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