Eighteen new COVID-19 cases brings Hawaii Island tally to 1,964

Eighteen new cases of COVID-19 were announced Thursday on Hawaii Island bringing the island’s total case count to 1,964.

The new Hawaii Island cases were among 322 new cases reported across the state by the Department of Health bringing the statewide case tally to 22,631 since Feb. 28. Oahu reported 213 new cases while Maui County reported 56 and Kauai one. Thirty-four residents were diagnosed while outside the state.

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Hawaii County has a 2.2% test positivity rate, under the statewide rate of 3.5%.

Statewide, 123 people were hospitalized Thursday, including two on Hawaii Island. To date, 1,843 people have required hospitalization, including 103 on Hawaii Island.

No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported Thursday by the state. Of the 299 coronavirus-related deaths confirmed and reported by the state to date, 233 were on Oahu, 18 were on Maui, 45 were on Hawaii Island and one on Kauai. Three deaths were among residents outside the state.

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Hawaii County Civil Defense reported no new deaths on the island, leaving the toll at 51. 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 2.3% on Thursday, above the statewide rate of 1.3%.

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