State reports 2 new COVID-19 fatalities, pushing death toll to 36

State reports 2 new COVID-19 fatalities, pushing death toll to 36

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state reported two additional COVID-19 fatalities on Tuesday, pushing the statewide death toll from the virus to 36.

The state Health Department offered no details on those who died, saying only they were both “elderly Oahu men.” While reported on its website and daily informational email, the agency oddly said that because the deaths were reported after noon they would be included in Wednesday’s case count.

The deaths come on the heels of three fatalities reported Monday.

The Health Department has not released the approximate ages of any of the five Oahu residents who died from COVID-19 this week.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the state reported 118 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total for cases to 3,756. Of the new cases, 112 are on Oahu, four are on Maui and two are on the Big Island.

The new cases are out of 1,671 tests conducted, which translates into a 7% positivity rate.

The state said there are now 2,129 confirmed active infections in the islands.

To stem the spread of the virus on Oahu, the city and state have closed beaches and parks and shuttered bars. A modified inter-island quarantine also went into effect Tuesday.

It’s expected to take two weeks for those measures to have any effect.

In the meantime, health officials are growing increasingly concerned about how the surge in new cases is impacting Hawaii’s health care infrastructure.

There are currently 166 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Hawaii, including 162 on Oahu. Of those, 31 are in the ICU and 23 are on ventilators.

Here’s the latest county-by-county breakdown of confirmed positives:

OAHU

  • Total cases: 3,361
  • Released from isolation: 1,311
  • Required hospitalization: 217
  • Deaths: 27

MAUI COUNTY

  • Total cases: 190 (includes 2 on Molokai)
  • Released from isolation: 153
  • Required hospitalization: 26
  • Deaths: 6

KAUAI

  • Total cases: 49
  • Released from isolation: 46
  • Required hospitalization: 1
  • Deaths: 0

BIG ISLAND

  • Total cases: 133
  • Released from isolation: 117
  • Required hospitalization: 5
  • Deaths: 0

UNASSIGNED

  • Hawaii residents diagnosed out-of-state: 23
  • Hawaii residents who have died out-of-state: 1
  • Pending assignment to county: 0

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