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State announces 7 new COVID-19 fatalities, in Hawaii’s deadliest day since pandemic began

Updated: Aug. 31, 2020 at 5:46 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii reported seven new COVID-19 fatalities on Monday — five on Oahu and two on the Big Island — in the deadliest day for the state since the pandemic began.

The new fatalities bring the death toll from the virus in the islands to 70. This month alone, 44 coronavirus deaths have been reported. The previous single-day high for COVID-19 deaths was four.

The state said four of the Oahu deaths were men, all 60 or older. The last was an elderly woman.

The two Big Island deaths, both over 80, were residents at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo, where 28 residents and 10 workers have tested positive for the virus so far.

Hilo Medical Center said a third resident at the facility has also died. That fatality was not included in Monday’s state Health Department count.

Altogether, Hilo Medical Center is now caring for 16 coronavirus patients, including two in the ICU.

Meanwhile, 133 new coronavirus cases were reported statewide. Of those, 105 were on Oahu, 24 were on the Big Island, one was on Maui and one was a resident diagnosed out-of-state.

Officials said the 133 cases are out of 1,463 tests conducted — a positivity rate of 9%.

The new cases push the statewide total for infections since the pandemic began to 8,472. Some 5,800 cases remain “active,” meaning they haven’t yet been released from isolation.

The fatalities and cases announced Monday end a month that saw an alarming rise in COVID-19 infections. In August, Hawaii saw a total of 6,385 cases and 44 deaths.

By comparison, Hawaii saw 2,111 cases from March to July and 26 deaths.

The island-by-island breakdown is below:

  • 7,691 total cases
  • 2,149 released from isolation
  • 448 required hospitalization
  • 59 deaths
  • 364 total cases
  • 183 released from isolation
  • 13 required hospitalization
  • 2 deaths
  • 335 total cases
  • 191 released from isolation
  • 44 required hospitalization
  • 8 deaths
  • 57 total cases
  • 55 released from isolation
  • 1 required hospitalization
  • 0 deaths
  • 25 total cases
  • 2 required hospitalization
  • 1 death

This story will be updated.

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