Big Island COVID-19 case count hits 2,687

Four new COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday on the Big Island, bringing the total case count to 2,687.

Statewide, 122 new cases were reported on Thursday by the Department of Health. Oahu reported 79 of those cases, Maui County 26 and Kauai six. Seven residents were diagnosed while outside the state.

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Statewide, 32,232 people have tested positive for COVID-19 since the end of last February. The Big Island had a 0.7% test positivity rate on Thursday, under the statewide rate of 1.4%.

Over the past two weeks, the Big Island has reported 69 cases, or an average of 3.9 cases per day. Twenty-one of those cases were reported in Kailua-Kona and 26 in Hilo. Most other areas of the island are reporting less than 10 cases per day.

According to the Department of Health’s weekly COVID-19 Cluster Report issued on Thursday, three clusters were under investigation during the past 14 days. One was tied to an education setting with 37 cases associated. The other two were related to social and recreational activities and included 12 cases tied to a social gathering and eight to a place of worship.

On Thursday, 44 people were hospitalized across the state, including two on the Big Island. To date, 2,464 people have required hospitalization, including 129 on the Big Island.

One new coronavirus-related death was reported by the state on Thursday among a person on Kauai. No additional details were immediately available.

Of the 483 coronavirus-related deaths confirmed and reported by the state to date, 374 were on Oahu, 51 were on Maui, 53 were on the Big Island and two on Kauai. Three deaths were among residents outside the state.

Meanwhile Thursday, the state reported it had administered nearly 1.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine across Hawaii. That includes nearly 133,000 doses on the Big Island alone.

To date, Hawaii has been awarded 1,034,940 COVID-19 vaccine doses of which 1,029,940 had been received as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Department of Health. Of the doses received, 88% or 907,454 doses have been administered statewide, including 119,948 on the Big Island.

In addition to the vaccine doses administered by the state, an additional 145,456 doses have been administered via the federal pharmacy program and 138,571 via federal agencies.

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Including state and federal resources, at least 49% of the state’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 37% have completed inoculation.

On the Big Island, 49% of the Island population, or about 77,854 people, has received at least one dose and 36% have completed the vaccination process, according to the Department of Health.

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