Hawaii reports 57 new coronavirus infections, while the statewide total is growing to 19,480

Hawaii health officials today reported 57 new coronavirus infections statewide, bringing the total to 19,480 cases since the start of the pandemic.

The official death toll related to the coronavirus remains 274 and no new deaths have been reported today.

The State Department of Health’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 211 deaths on Oahu, 43 on the island of Hawaii, 17 on Maui, one on Kauai and two Hawaii residents who died on the mainland. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said today that the death toll on the Big Island COVID-19 is still 49; State health officials have yet to verify the coronavirus as a factor in six of those deaths.

The death toll from the US coronavirus exceeded 300,000 on Monday with more than 16 million cases of infection.

The current new statewide cases of infection reported by the health department include 35 on Oahu, 10 on the Big Island, eight on Maui, and four Hawaii residents who have been diagnosed out of state. As a result of updated information, one Maui case was removed from the censuses, officials said.

The statistics released today reflect the new cases reported to the department until 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The new infection cases reported from Sunday are often the lowest of the week due to reduced test results.

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Health officials counted 3,206 new COVID-19 test results, for a statewide positivity rate of 1.8%.

The total number of coronavirus cases per island since the outbreak began is 16,458 on Oahu, 1,743 in Hawaii County, 714 on Maui, 134 on Kauai, 106 on Lanai and 22 on Molokai. There are also 303 Hawaii residents diagnosed out of state.

Hawaii health officials said of the total number of infections in the state, 1,435 cases are considered active. Health officials say they consider infections reported in the past 14 days a “proxy number for active cases.” The number of active cases in the state is up 10 today.

Per island, Oahu has 1,102 active cases, Maui 169, Big Island 139, Kauai 21, and Molokai four, according to the latest count.

Of all confirmed cases of infection in Hawaii, 1,374 require hospitalizations, with seven new hospitalizations on Oahu reported today by state health officials.

Three hospital admissions in the state are Hawaii residents who have been diagnosed and treated out of state. Of the 1,371 hospital admissions in the state, 1,209 have been on Oahu, 82 on the Big Island, 67 on Maui, seven on Kauai, five on Lanai, and one on Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 data dashboard, as of Monday afternoon, a total of 57 patients with the virus were in hospitals in Hawaii, 17 of them in intensive care units and 14 on ventilators.

Oahu moved to the less restrictive Tier 2 of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s economic recovery plan on Oct. 22 on Oct. 22. The mayor’s office says to gauge whether Honolulu is moving to another level, the city does a “ weekly review ” of two key COVID-19 numbers every Wednesday. To move from Level 2 to Level 3, the 7-day mean of new cases on two consecutive Wednesdays must be less than 50. Also, the seven-day mean positivity rate on those two Wednesdays must be less than 2.5%.

The seven-day average number of cases for Oahu is 83 today, and the positivity rate is 3%, Caldwell said.

This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.