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.
On Saturday, a second person on Oahu was confirmed to have a more contagious variant of COVID-19 that originated in the United Kingdom, according to the state Department of Health. The first case was reported on Friday, also on Oahu. A health department spokesman said neither patient had a recent history of travel, meaning the virus is likely circulating in the community.
Statewide, 1.7% of people tested during the past week have been confirmed to have COVID-19. That figure was 2.2% in both Oahu and Maui counties, while Hawaii County had a 0.8% rate of positive tests and Kauai County’s remains lowest at 0.1%.
Oahu remains in Tier 2 of its reopening plan, where it has been since October. If Oahu maintains an average of fewer than 50 new cases recorded daily on average for two weeks and its rate of positive tests stays below 2.5% for two straight weeks, Oahu could move to Tier 3 with fewer restrictions.
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