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Records review finds 60 additional COVID-19 deaths in Hawaii

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Updated: Jan. 25, 2021 at 1:07 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Health Department says a records review has revealed 60 additional deaths in Hawaii that were coronavirus-related.

The deaths occurred between August and December. Fifty-one were on Oahu, six were on the Big Island and three were on Maui.

The state Health Department said a coronavirus-related death may be missed if the individual dies after their monitoring period has completed or if their healthcare provider fails to report the fatality.

The news pushes Hawaii’s death toll from the virus to 402.

State health officials said the deaths were identified following a thorough review of death certificates.

“Our close inspection of death certificates not only revealed 60 previously unreported deaths,” state Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char said, in a news release.

“It also uncovered flaws that led to delays in the current reporting system.”

No additional details on the deaths were released, including the ages of victims.

This story will be updated.

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