Hawaii Island reports 16 new COVID-19 cases

Hawaii Island’s COVID-19 case count increased by 16 Thursday, bringing the island’s total case count to 1,763.

The new Hawaii Island cases were among 142 new cases reported across the state by the Department of Health bringing the total case tally to 19,731 since Feb. 28. Oahu reported 114 new cases while Maui County reported eight. Four residents were diagnosed outside the state.

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Hawaii County has a 1.7% test positivity rate, under the statewide rate of 2.5%.

Statewide, 54 people were hospitalized Thursday, including three on Hawaii Island. To date, 1,648 people have required hospitalization, including 93 on Hawaii Island.

Two new coronavirus-related deaths were reported by the state Thursday. One was on Oahu and the other was on Hawaii Island.

Of the 280 coronavirus-related deaths confirmed and reported by the state to date, 216 were on Oahu, 17 were on Maui, 44 were on Hawaii Island and one on Kauai. Two deaths were among residents outside the state.

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Hawaii County Civil Defense reported on new death Thursday among a Hawaii Island resident who died on Oahu, bringing the island’s total number of coronavirus-related fatalities to 50. The state has yet to confirm six of the deaths reported to date on Hawaii Island.

The island’s COVID-19 fatality rate remained at 2.5% on Thursday, above the statewide rate of 1.4%.

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