Hawaii County nears “high” COVID community level

  • Hannah Canosa gives away COVID-19 home tests and N95 masks with Hilo Medical Center at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium on Friday, April 29, 2022. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Lindsey Tome gives away COVID-19 home tests and N95 masks with Hilo Medical Center at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium on Friday, April 29, 2022. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Hannah Canosa organizes COVID-19 home tests and N95 masks to giveaway with Hilo Medical Center at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium on Friday, April 29, 2022. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

The state Department of Health reported that Hawaii County entered its ninth consecutive week of increased COVID cases, bringing the total number of new cases for the county this week to 1,102. This is an increase of over 250 cases from the week before.