DOH reports four new COVID-19 cases, three on Big Island

Health officials reported four new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, including three on the Big Island and one on Maui.

Three of the cases were adults and one was a minor. All but one was a Hawaii resident, the Department of Health said.

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State Health Director Bruce Anderson said two of the Big Island cases were “family members, people who had been living with a confirmed case.” He added recent cases were identified in Hilo and South Kona.

“I think the important thing to remember is that we are seeing sporadic cases in the state, which are probably associated with some community spread, and, fortunately, most of those are associated with known clusters and we can identify pretty much … who infected whom in these situations,” Anderson said.

He said active cases in Hawaii are “limited here and, we believe, very much under control.”

Since Feb. 28, some 647 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus with 579 of those people having since recovered and been released from isolation, according to the Department of Health.

On Hawaii Island, 82 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since. Six people remained in isolation as of noon Thursday according to the department. One person has required hospitalization.

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Meanwhile, case totals for Oahu increased to 416 while Maui and Kauai counties were 118 and 21, respectively. Ten of the cases are Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state of Hawaii.

Statewide, the coronavirus-related death toll stands at 17 — 11 on Oahu and six on Maui. Eighty-three people — or 13% — have been hospitalized.

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