State health officials said Thursday that an electronic laboratory reporting system error that interrupted its tracking occurred sometime after Sunday, and would likely continue to contribute to an artificial increase cases for the next day or two.
Hundreds of vaccination appointments have been canceled or rescheduled as the state waits on delayed shipments of COVID-19 vaccine amid severe winter weather on the continent, DOH spokesperson Brooks Baehr said this week.
Vaccine clinics including one at the Blaisdell Center operated by The Queen’s Health Systems, a clinic at Leeward Community College and another at Kamehameha Schools on Hawaii island have all been affected, Hawaii News Now reported.
Hawaii is still in phase 1b of its vaccine rollout plan, which includes seniors 75 and older, first responders and other essential workers. About 55% of all seniors 75 and older have been vaccinated, the state reported Thursday.
There are currently 39 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Hawaii, including 12 in intensive care and eight 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, 0.9% of people tested during the past week have been confirmed to have COVID-19. That figure is 1.5% on Maui and 1% 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