Hawaii Island COVID-19 case count increases by 7

Hawaii Island reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the island’s total case count to 1,557.

The new Hawaii Island cases were among 61 new cases reported across the state by the Department of Health bringing the total case tally to 17,393 since Feb. 28. Oahu reported 45 new cases while Maui reported four and Kauai one. Four residents tested positive for the virus while outside the state.

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Statewide, 69 people were hospitalized Tuesday afternoon, including eight on Hawaii Island.

The state reported no new coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday. Of the 233 coronavirus-related deaths confirmed and reported by the state to date, 182 were on Oahu, 17 were on Maui, one on Lanai, 32 were on Hawaii Island and one was a Kauai resident receiving treatment in Arizona at the time he died.

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Hawaii County Civil Defense has reported a total of 49 coronavirus-related fatalities on Hawaii Island. The state has yet to confirm 17 of the deaths reported to date on Hawaii Island and has not responded to repeated requests for information on pending cases.

Twenty-seven of the deaths were among residents of the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo and five were at Kona Community Hospital.

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