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.
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.
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 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.
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