Hawaii Island surpasses 1,000 COVID-19 cases

Hawaii Island surpassed 1,000 COVID-19 cases Thursday with the addition of 13 new cases, bringing the island’s tally to 1005 since Feb. 28.

The new Hawaii Island cases were among 91 new positive results announced by the Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center bringing the statewide tally to 13,764. Oahu reported 74 new cases while Maui reported two. Two residents were also diagnosed outside the state.

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As of noon Thursday, 2,849 of those known cases were considered active, including 261 cases on Hawaii Island. An active case is defined as an individual who has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being monitored by the Department of Health.

According to the Department of Health, 181 cases have onset dates within 28 days in the Kailua-Kona area and 117 cases have onset dates within the past 28 days in the Hilo area.

Free drive-through COVID-19 testing will be offered today in Pahoa and Saturday in Ka‘u. Testing will be held from 8 a.m. to noon today at Pahoa District Park and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kahuku Park in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Statewide, 978 COVID-19 patients have required hospitalization, including 54 on Hawaii Island, according to the center’s noon update.

The state reported one new coronavirus-related death on Thursday among an Oahu resident.

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Of the 184 coronavirus-related deaths confirmed and reported to date among Hawaii residents to date, 147 were on Oahu, 18 were on Maui, 18 were on Hawaii Island, and one was a Kauai resident receiving treatment in Arizona at the time he died.

Hawaii County Civil Defense reported no new coronavirus-related deaths Thursday morning, leaving the death toll at 37. That figure includes 27 residents of the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo. The state has yet to confirm and report the last 19 deaths on the island.

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