Hawaii passes the 5,000 mark with 220 new COVID cases on Sunday

Hawaii passes the 5,000 mark with 220 new COVID cases on Sunday
This map highlights Hawaii's COVID hot spots. (Source: COVID-19 Map)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii has hit a milestone many wished we’d never pass: More than 5,000 cases of COVID-19 total in the islands since the pandemic began.

Sunday, the Department of Health reported 220 new cases statewide, bringing the total to 5,042. Its furthering Hawaii’s concerning upward trend of cases.

Its the fifth straight day Hawaii saw more than 200 new positives, fueling concerns that the pandemic is close to overwhelming Hawaii’s hospitals.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green says it is likely by the start of the week, Gov. Ige or Mayor Caldwell will have to make a tough decision regarding a second stay-at-home order.

There are 3,161 cases still “active,” meaning they have not yet been released from isolation.

No new deaths were reported, Hawaii’s death toll stands at 40.

Sunday’s numbers represent over 2,600 tests, for a positive rate of 8.3 percent.

The DOH says 283 people have been hospitalized since the start of the pandemic. At last check Saturday, 41 of them were in ICUs and 22 were on ventilators.

Looking back, Thursday holds the record for the all-time high, when Hawaii saw a jaw-dropping 355 new coronavirus cases.

COVID-19 cases have continued to soar for weeks, prompting government to close Oahu bars, parks and beaches. The state has also reinstated an inter-island quarantine for most travelers.

But some have called on the state to go further, bringing back more stringent restrictions to dramatically knock down the spread of the virus.

[Read more: Despite soaring COVID-19 cases, governor opts not to institute new restrictions]

Officials say hospitals on Oahu still have capacity, but they’re filling quickly. Green said that Oahu hospitals are “under duress” — and that hundreds more are expected to need significant care.

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

OAHU

  • Total cases: 4,591
  • Released from isolation: 1,509
  • Required hospitalization: 246
  • Deaths: 33

MAUI COUNTY

  • Total cases: 226 (includes 2 on Molokai)
  • Released from isolation: 161
  • Required hospitalization: 28
  • Deaths: 6

KAUAI

  • Total cases: 54
  • Released from isolation: 46
  • Required hospitalization: 1
  • Deaths: 0

BIG ISLAND

  • Total cases: 148
  • Released from isolation: 125
  • Required hospitalization: 6
  • Deaths: 0

UNASSIGNED

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

This story will be updated.

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