State reports 27th coronavirus-related death, 144 new cases

State health officials Tuesday reported Hawaii’s 27th coronavirus-related death as well as an additional 144 new cases of COVID-19.

The decedent was a Honolulu man between the age of 40 years old and 59 years old, according to the COVID-19 Joint Information Task Force. The man had underlying medical conditions.

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“We all extend our condolences to the family and friends of this man. Every death reminds us how very serious this disease is. Coronavirus can strike down anyone of any age. We can all protect each other and prevent more hospitalizations and deaths,” said Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson.

Of the 144 new cases of COVID-19 reported Tuesday, 139 were Oahu residents and five were Hawaii Island residents, according to the center.

The majority of new COVID-19 cases continue to be associated with community spread, according to the center. Two dozen of the newly diagnosed cases were associated with community spread while only two were associated with travel. The risk factor for the remaining 118 cases is still under investigation.

The new cases announced Tuesday brings the state’s total case count to 2,591.

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Oahu has reported 2,221 while Maui County has recorded 178 cases, Hawaii County 122 and Kauai County 47. Twenty-three residents have tested positive while out of the state.

Of the 27 deaths reported among Hawaii residents since Feb. 28, 20 were on Oahu, six were on Maui and one was a Kauai resident receiving treatment in Arizona at the time he died.

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