Hawaii health officials reported 29 new COVID-19 infections statewide on Wednesday and the death of one person on Oahu.

State health officials reported only 17 cases on Tuesday — the lowest number of daily cases since the end of July — but said later in the day the number was an undercount because of a laboratory reporting error. It was unclear if Wednesday’s cases were also artificially low.

The electronic laboratory reporting system was interrupted sometime after Sunday, 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 cases reported Wednesday included one on Hawaii island, nine on Maui, 16 on Oahu and three residents diagnosed out of state.

Clinics and pharmacies have given more than 268,428 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.

There are currently 38 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Hawaii, including 14 in intensive care and nine 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 2.0% 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

26,935
COVID-19 Cases
427
Deaths
1,041,565
Tests performed

Honolulu’s 7-Day Averages

Tier 2
Current Tier*
33
Daily Case Count
1.2%
Test Positivity
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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