State reports 179 new COVID-19 cases, 13 on Hawaii Island

Health officials reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Hawaii Island Thursday, bringing the island’s total case count to 2,050.

The new Hawaii Island cases were among 179 new cases reported across the state by the Department of Health bringing the statewide case tally to 23,908 since Feb. 28. Oahu reported 122 new cases while Maui County reported 32 and Kauai one. Eleven residents were diagnosed while outside the state.

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Hawaii County has a 2% test positivity rate, under the statewide rate of 3%.

Statewide, 116 people were hospitalized Thursday, including three on Hawaii Island. To date, 1,913 people have required hospitalization, including 104 on Hawaii Island.

According to the most recent data released by the Department of Health, 4,251 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Hawaii County as of 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Statewide, 40,386 vaccines have been administered.

Six new coronavirus-related deaths were reported Thursday by the state. Five were on Oahu and one was on Maui. All were older than 70, had underlying conditions and were hospitalized at the time of death.

Of the 318 coronavirus-related deaths confirmed and reported by the state to date, 249 were on Oahu, 20 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 Thursday. Hawaii County Civil Defense has reported a total of 51 coronavirus-related deaths on the island; the state has yet to confirm six of those deaths.

The island’s COVID-19 fatality rate remained at 2.2% on Thursday, above the statewide rate of 1.3%.

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