Federal allotment of COVID-19 vaccines to Hawaii has slowed in recent weeks but is expected to pick up in March, Hawaii News Now reported. Thousands of seniors 75-and-older are scheduled to receive their second dose of the vaccine in the coming days.
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.
At least two people on Oahu were confirmed to be infected with a highly contagious variant of COVID-19 that originated in the United Kingdom. A health department spokesman said neither patient had a recent history of travel, meaning the virus is likely circulating in the community.
Statewide, 1.6% of people tested during the past week have been confirmed to have COVID-19. That figure was 2.1% for both Oahu and Maui County, while Hawaii County had a 0.7% rate of positive tests. None of the people tested for COVID-19 on Kauai during the past two weeks was confirmed to be infected.
Oahu is currently in Tier 2 of its reopening plan, but if it maintains an average of fewer than 50 new cases recorded daily for two weeks and its rate of positive tests stays below 2.5% for two straight weeks, residents could see the lifting of some restrictions and a move to Tier 3.
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