One fatality on Oahu took the state COVID-19 death toll to 425.
About 10.8% of Hawaii’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Department of Health. About 236,649 COVID-19 vaccine doses total have been administered in the islands as of Thursday.
Hawaii remains in phase 1b of its vaccine rollout plan, which includes seniors 75 and older, first responders and other essential workers. Half the state’s estimated population of people 75 and older have received their first dose, according to data posted by DOH this week.
The third phase of Hawaii’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan is scheduled to launch in March. That phase, 1c, will include people 65 and older along with other essential workers and people with underlying health conditions.
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.
At least two people on Oahu were confirmed to be infected with a highly contagious variant of COVID-19 that originated in the United Kingdom. A health department spokesman said neither patient had a recent history of travel, meaning the virus is likely circulating in the community.
Infection rates have stabilized on Oahu and Maui in recent weeks after cases peaked following the holiday season. Statewide, 1.3% of people tested during the past week have been confirmed to have COVID-19. That figure is 2.2% on Maui and 1.5% on Oahu. If Oahu maintains an average of fewer than 50 new cases daily for two weeks and its rate of positive tests stays below 2.5%, residents could see the lifting of some restrictions and a move to Tier 3.
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