Big Island COVID-19 case count surpasses 2,500

The Big Island’s COVID-19 case count increased to 2,501 with 13 new cases reported on Friday.

Statewide, a total of 136 new cases were reported by the Department of Health. Oahu reported 81 of those cases, Maui County 32 and Kauai five. Five residents were diagnosed while outside the state.

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Statewide, to date, there have been 29,927 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The Big Island on Friday had a 1.7% test positivity rate, just under the statewide rate of 1.9%.

Over the past two weeks, the Big Island has reported 140 cases or an average of 10 cases per day. The majority of those cases have been in East Hawaii with the Hilo area reporting 50 cases and the Mountain View area 11. The Kailua-Kona area has reported 30 in the past 14 days.

However, according to the Department of Health’s cluster report issued Thursday no clusters have been under investigation during the past two weeks.

Statewide, 42 people were hospitalized Friday, with two hospitalizations on the Big Island. To date, 2,330 people have required hospitalization, including 119 on the Big Island.

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No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Friday. Of the 463 coronavirus-related deaths confirmed and reported by the state to date, 366 were on Oahu, 40 were on Maui, 53 were on the Big Island and one on Kauai. Three deaths were among residents outside the state.

No deaths have been reported on the Big Island this year.

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