Health officials recorded 61 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Tuesday, including 45 on Oahu, seven on Hawaii island, one on Kauai, four on Maui, and four more Hawaii residents were diagnosed outside of the state.
Kauai county recorded its first COVID-19 related death, Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami announced in a Facebook Live video. The Kauai man who died Monday was elderly and had no travel history, according to Kawakami.
Kawakami urged people to avoid gatherings during the upcoming holiday season.
“We’re facing alarming COVID numbers on our island — 18 new cases in the past four days. That’s the highest rate that we’ve seen all year,” he said. “This is not just a tourist problem. Nearly half of our recent cases are among residents.”
The death on Kauai is not yet reflected in the state Department of Health’s official COVID-19 death toll. Civil Beat calculates at least 251 people have died from the disease in Hawaii including the Kauai death and 17 deaths on Hawaii island that are pending medical verification by the state. To date, 49 deaths on the Big Island have been recorded by the Hawaii County Civil Defense.
The Department of Health’s statewide death toll on record is 233.
Statewide, there have been 1,313 new cases in the past two weeks. The statewide 14-day average testing positivity rate has hovered around 2% for the past week.
The COVID-19 case reports are based on test results from laboratories statewide. The numbers include lab results from both residents and tourists. Since March, 94% of cases diagnosed in the islands have been among residents and 7% have required hospitalization.
More than 100 inmates have tested positive at the Waiawa Correctional Facility on Oahu, Hawaii News Now reported.
For more information, check this Hawaii Department of Health COVID-19 site or this state site, and the Hawaii Data Collaborative COVID-19 Tracking site. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency also provides this comprehensive dashboard.
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* 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
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