Big Island COVID-19 case count nears 2,700

Five new COVID-19 cases were reported Friday on the Big Island, bringing the total case count to 2,692.

Statewide, 118 new cases were reported on Thursday by the Department of Health. Oahu reported 84 of those cases, Maui County 14 and Kauai a dozen. Three residents were diagnosed while outside the state.

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Statewide, 32,349 people have tested positive for COVID-19 since the end of last February. The Big Island still had a 0.7% test positivity rate on Friday, under the statewide rate of 1.5%.

Over the past two weeks, the Big Island has reported 71 cases, or an average of four cases per day. Twenty-three 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.

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On Friday, 41 people were hospitalized across the state, including two on the Big Island. To date, 2,470 people have required hospitalization, including 129 on the Big Island.

No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported by the state on Friday. 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.

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