Hawaii Island COVID-19 case count hits 1,848

State health officials announced eight new COVID-19 cases on Hawaii Island Friday, bringing the island’s total case count to 1,856.

The new Hawaii Island cases were among 120 new cases reported across the state by the Department of Health bringing the total case tally to 20,769 since Feb. 28. Oahu reported 95 new cases while Maui County reported 17.

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Hawaii County has a 2.8% test positivity rate, under the statewide rate of 4.2%.

Statewide, 73 people were hospitalized Friday, including five on Hawaii Island. To date, 1,711 people have required hospitalization, including 98 on Hawaii Island.

No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported Friday by the state. Of the 285 coronavirus-related deaths confirmed and reported by the state to date, 221 were on Oahu, 17 were on Maui, 44 were on Hawaii Island and one on Kauai. Three deaths were among residents outside the state.

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Hawaii County Civil Defense has reported 50 deaths on the island. 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 2.4% on Friday, above the statewide rate of 1.4%.

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