Those cases reflect tests through Sunday, the state Department of Health wrote in a press release Tuesday afternoon. The electronic laboratory reporting system was then interrupted, officials said, but did not specify for how long or what caused the system error.
The state “anticipates a ‘rebound’ effect of increased case numbers over the next few days as feeds are re-established,” a spokesperson wrote.
The 17 cases recorded Tuesday included 13 on Oahu, three on Maui, and one resident diagnosed out of state.
Severe winter weather in much of the U.S. is also causing delays in COVID-19 vaccine shipments from the mainland to Hawaii, health department spokesman Brooks Baehr told Civil Beat by email Tuesday afternoon.
Some vaccination appointments may need to be rescheduled after a delivery of 14,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine scheduled to arrive Tuesday didn’t make it.
State health officials are expecting 42,800 vaccine doses this week plus an additional 4,400 doses to be delivered directly to local CVS/Longs Drugs pharmacies.
“It is unclear how the weather may impact shipments later this week,” Baehr said.
Hawaii health officials have confirmed a more contagious COVID-19 variant that originated in the United Kingdom is now present on Oahu.
The first two patients were on Oahu and had no relation to one another. They did not have a travel history, which indicates the variant is circulating in the community. The third case confirmed this week was a close contact of the first patient, Dr. Sarah Kemble, the acting state epidemiologist, told Civil Beat by email.
No fatalities were reported. The state COVID-19 death toll is 426.
There are currently 45 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Hawaii, including 16 in intensive care and 12 people on ventilators. During the last peak of infections in September, as many as 50 people needed ventilators.
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.
Statewide, 1% of people tested during the past week have been confirmed to have COVID-19. That figure is 1.8% on Maui and 1.2% on Oahu. Hawaii island and Kauai County had fewer than 1% of patients test positive for COVID in the last week.
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