34 new COVID cases reported on Big Island

Thirty-four new COVID-19 cases were reported on the Big Island Monday, sending the island’s total case count to 3,740.

Of the 163 new cases reported by the Department of Health on Monday, 105 were on Oahu, 16 in Maui County and one on Kauai. Seven cases were among residents diagnosed out of state.

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Since the end of last February, 40,822 people have tested positive for COVID-19 across Hawaii.

The Big Island had a 7% seven-day positivity rate, over the state’s 4.6% positivity rate on Saturday. Over the last 14 days, 369 cases have been reported on the Big Island. Over the past week, the island has reported an average of 36.4 cases per day.

There were 74 individuals statewide hospitalized on Monday including five on the Big Island.

No new deaths attributed to the virus were reported on Monday. Of the 529 deaths confirmed and reported by the state to date, 410 were on Oahu, 58 were on Maui, 56 were on the Big Island and two on Kauai. Three deaths were among residents outside the state.

Vaccines will be made available at the County of Hawaii community testing locations beginning today.

Community testing and vaccination sites will remain at the Kona Community Aquatic Center on Tuesdays and the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo on Wednesdays. The program is set to last through

August, with the option for extension pending demand. Both sites will continue to open at 3 p.m. and close at 6 p.m. Testing and vaccinations are free to the public for non-travel-related purposes.

“With the rise in COVID-19 positive cases on our island and prevalence of the Delta variant, it is of the utmost importance that we make vaccinations and testing readily available to all those who need them in our county,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “The vaccine is the number one stopping force against the virus and the only way that we will be able to protect our friends and family as we begin the return to school, sports, and overall normalcy.

Unfortunately, we know that almost all state hospitalizations and deaths have occurred in unvaccinated individuals, and we would like to continue to encourage those who are unvaccinated to consider doing so for the health and safety of us all.”

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If you need to be vaccinated in your home, call (808) 586-8332 and for more details visit HawaiiCOVID19.com/vaccine.

For more information on testing, vaccination, and all things COVID-19, visit hawaiicounty.gov/coronavirus.

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