Hawaii records 2 new coronavirus-related deaths and 20 additional infections

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Mar. 4—Hawaii Department of Health officials today reported two new-related deaths and 20 new infections, bringing the state's totals since the start of the pandemic to 441 fatalities and 27, 640 cases.

The two deaths were on Oahu, which now has a death toll of 351. State health officials said this afternoon the latest deaths were a man in his 60s and a woman in her 70s, both of whom had underlying health conditions when they were hospitalized with COVID-19.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today was more than 517, 000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 28.8 million.

Today's new statewide infection cases reported by state health officials include eight on Oahu, 11 on Maui and one on Kauai.

The statistics released today reflect the new infection cases reported to the department on Monday.

The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 21, 991 on Oahu, 2, 248 in Hawaii County, 2, 240 on Maui, 183 on Kauai, 108 on Lanai and 27 on Molokai. There are also 843 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

As a result of updated information, health officials removed three infection cases—two on Maui and one on Oahu—from the counts today.

Health officials also said today that of the state's total infection count, 640 cases were considered to be active. Officials say they consider infections reported in the past 14 days to be a "proxy number for active cases." The number of active cases in the state decreased by seven today.

By island, Oahu has 358 active cases, Maui has 252, the Big Island has 33, and Kauai has four. Molokai and Lanai have no active cases.

Health officials counted 4, 206 new COVID-19 test results in today's tally, for a 0.48 % statewide positivity rate. The state's 7-day average positivity rate is 1 %, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 1, 885 have required hospitalizations, with 10 new hospitalizations reported today by state health officials.

Six hospitalizations in the statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 1, 879 hospitalizations within the state, 1, 622 have been on Oahu, 132 on Maui, 101 on the Big Island, eight on Kauai, five on Lanai and one on Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department's Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 26 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of this morning, with seven in intensive care units and three on ventilators.

The state's Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary said today that 371, 343 vaccines have been administered of the 470, 150 received by the state. About 15.3 % of the general population in Hawaii has received at least one dose of the vaccine, while about 63 % of those ages 75 and over have received one dose.

Of the administered vaccines, 348, 053 were given to the general public and 23, 290 were distributed through the federal pharmacy program, officials said.

Oahu moved into the less-restrictive Tier 3 of the city's four-tier economic recovery plan Thursday after being in Tier 2 since Oct. 22. Tier 3 permits social and outdoor recreational gatherings of up to 10 people, and restaurants to seat 10 people at a table, up from five now. Tier 3 also allows funeral services with up to 25 attendees, and group fitness classes indoors with up to 10 participants. Gym capacity can increase to 50 %. Restaurants and spiritual services can operate at full capacity as long as the establishments maintain 6 feet of distancing.

To gauge whether Honolulu will move to a different tier, the city takes a "weekly assessment " of two key COVID-19 numbers each Wednesday. To move from Tier 3 to the least-restrictive Tier 4, the 7-day average of new cases must be below 20 on two consecutive Wednesdays. Also, the 7-day average positivity rate must be below 1 % on those two Wednesdays. The earliest that Oahu could move into Tier 1 would be late March since it needs to stay in each tier for at least four weeks.

Today's seven-day average case count for Oahu is 22 and the seven-day average positivity rate is 0.9 %, according to Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi.------This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.------