COVID-19 case count continues to climb; state reports 4 coronavirus-related deaths

Hawaii Island’s COVID-19 case count continues to rise with 10 new cases reported Thursday.

The island’s 10 new cases bring its total case count to 253 since Feb. 28, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center. Of the 253 known cases to date, 96 were still considered “active” as of noon Thursday.

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In addition to the new Hawaii Island cases, the state reported 289 new cases on Oahu and seven on Maui for a total of 306 cases in the past 24 hours.

To date, 7,566 people have tested positive for COVID-19 across the state with 5,195 of those cases still considered “active” as of noon Thursday.

To date, Oahu has recorded the majority of the state’s positive cases at 6,915 cases. Maui County has recorded 318 cases, Hawaii County 253 and Kauai County 56. Twenty-four residents have tested positive while out of the state.

Statewide, 462 or 6% of COVID-19 patients have required hospitalization, including 11 on Hawaii Island, according to the center. Hawaii County Civil Defense said 13 were admitted as of Thursday morning.

The center also announced Thursday four new coronavirus-related deaths bringing the state’s death toll to 55. Three of the fatalities were among women while the fourt was a man. All had had been hospitalized with underlying medical conditions.

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Two of the women were in the 70- to 79-year-old age group and the other woman and the man were 80 years or older.

Of the 55 deaths reported among Hawaii residents, 47 were on Oahu, seven were on Maui and one was a Kauai resident receiving treatment in Arizona at the time he died.

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