Hawaii health officials reported 17 new COVID-19 infections statewide on Tuesday, an undercount due to a laboratory reporting error.

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.

Clinics and pharmacies have given more than 261,950 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since December. About 10% of the state’s entire population has received at least the first of two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Hawaii remains in phase 1b of its vaccine rollout plan, which includes seniors 75 and older, first responders and other essential workers. 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.

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.

Reporting Lag

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.

Current restrictions on gatherings on Oahu will remain in place for at least another month.

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. You can also learn about our daily COVID-19 tracker here.

Cases, Deaths And COVID-19 Testing In Hawaii

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Honolulu’s 7-Day Averages

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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

Hawaii COVID-19 Cases By County

Daily New COVID-19 Cases

Number Of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In U.S.

COVID-19 Cases Worldwide

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