Big Island COVID-19 case count hits 10,527

Twenty-nine new COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday on the Big Island, bringing the total case count to 10,527 since late February 2020.

Statewide, 127 new cases were reported by health officials on Wednesday, bringing the statewide case count to 81,790, according to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

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According to HI-EMA, 2,716 new cases have been reported in Hawaii in the past 14 days, including 555 on the Big Island. There has been an average of 154.7 new cases the past seven days statewide with the Big Island averaging 31.1 cases per day.

Hawaii County’s seven-day test positivity rate was 4.8% Wednesday, above the state’s 2.8% positivity rate.

On Wednesday, 14 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized on the Big Island. Four of the island’s 24 ICU beds were available with four of the beds occupied by COVID-positive patients.

Six new coronavirus-related deaths were reported by the state on Wednesday. Of the 851 deaths confirmed and reported by the state to date, 640 were on Oahu, 92 were on Maui, 106 were on the Big Island and eight on Kauai. Five deaths were among residents outside the state.

Meanwhile Wednesday, the state reported 65% of Big Island residents — or more than 130,350 people ­— were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Some 77% has received at least one dose.

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Statewide, 69.8% of the population was fully vaccinated.

According to the Department of Health, more than 2.08 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Hawaii, including more than 46,000 booster doses. Some 106,800 eligible individuals have yet to be vaccinated.

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