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Hawaii reported 120 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 20,769

Today Hawaiian health officials reported 120 new cases Corona Virus Statewide infection, bringing the total number since the start of the epidemic to 20,769 cases.

The official number of coronavirus-related deaths in the state remains at 285, with no new deaths reported today.

The official death toll from the Coronavirus associated with the state Department of Health includes 221 deaths on Oahu, 44 on the island of Hawaii, 17 on Maui, one in Kauai, and two Hawaiians who died on the mainland. The Hawaiian County Civil Defense Agency said Thursday that the death toll from Covid-19 on Big Island is still at 50, but health officials have yet to verify the coronavirus as a factor in six of those deaths on the island of Hawaii.

The number of deaths from the Corona virus in the United States exceeded 329,000 cases today, as cases of coronavirus infection across the country exceeded 18.7 million.

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Officials said the new statewide cases reported by the Health Department today include 95 in Oahu, 17 in Maui, eight on the Big Island and none on Kauai. As a result of the updated information, Oahu’s case has been removed from the charges.

The statistics released today reflect the new cases that were reported to the department on Wednesday.

Separately, the Kauai County Health Bureau reported two new cases today that involve men. One case is travel related, the other is community acquired. All active cases have been isolated, and one case is hospitalized on Oahu. Close contacts are identified, directed to quarantine, and tested.

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The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak has reached 17,450 in Oahu, 1,856 in Hawaii, 855 in Maui, 139 in Kauai, 106 in Lanai and 22 in Molokai. There are also 341 Hawaiians diagnosed outside the state.

Of the state’s total number of infections, 1,773 were considered active, health officials said in Hawaii. Health officials say they consider the infections reported in the past 14 days a “proxy number for active cases.” The number of active cases in the state has increased by 40 today.

By island, Oahu has 1,398 active cases, Maui has 195, Big Island has 167, and Kwai has 13, according to the latest toll. Molokai and Lanai no longer have active COVID cases.

Of all the confirmed cases in Hawaii, 1,442 required hospitalization, with six hospitalizations reported today by state health officials.

Three hospitals in statewide census are Hawaiians diagnosed and treated out of state. Of the 1,439 hospitalized cases within the state, 1,268 were on Oahu, 86 on Big Island, 72 on Maui, seven on Kauai, five in Lanai, and one on Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaiian COVID-19 dashboard, a total of 73 patients were infected with the virus in Hawaiian hospitals as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, with 13 in intensive care units and 12 on ventilators.

Oahu moved to the less restrictive Level 2 of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s four-tier economic recovery plan on October 22. The mayor’s office says that to gauge whether Honolulu will move to a different level, the city takes two key numbers for COVID-19 every Wednesday. To move to Level 3 from Level 2, the average new cases for 7 days must be less than 50 on two consecutive Wednesdays. Also, the average 7-day positivity rate should be below 2.5% on these two Wednesdays.

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The average number of cases for seven days today in Oahu is 99 and the positivity rate is 4.5%, according to Caldwell.

On Monday, Caldwell said that new infections among prisoners at the Halawa Correctional Facility would no longer be counted in his metrics for the recovery plan. A recent group in prison has been increasing the number of casualties in Honolulu and threatening to return Oahu to Level 1, the most restrictive of the mayor’s four-tier system.

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