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Lab reporting error leads to undercount in daily COVID case total

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Updated: Feb. 16, 2021 at 3:06 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii reported 17 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, but said the figure is an undercount because of a lab reporting error.

The state Health Department said lab reporting was “temporarily interrupted” but will resume shortly.

“The Hawaii Health Information Exchange has been working closely with the Disease Outbreak and Control Division to re-establish reporting feeds as quickly as possible. DOCD anticipates a “rebound” effect of increased case number over the next few days as feeds are re-established,” the state said.

There were no COVID deaths reported Tuesday. The death toll in Hawaii stands at 426.

Of the 17 new cases, 13 were on Oahu, three were on Maui and one was out-of-state. There have been 850 cases in the islands in the last 14 days.

Here’s the island-by-island breakdown of cases:

  • 21,633 total cases
  • 1,570 required hospitalization
  • 621 cases in the last 14 days
  • 340 deaths
  • 2,216 total cases
  • 100 required hospitalization
  • 40 cases in the last 14 days
  • 53 deaths
  • 1,950 total cases
  • 113 required hospitalization
  • 184 cases in the last 14 days
  • 29 deaths
  • 108 total cases
  • 5 required hospitalization
  • 2 cases in the last 14 days
  • 0 deaths
  • 27 total cases
  • 1 required hospitalization
  • 2 case in the last 14 days
  • 0 deaths
  • 179 total cases
  • 7 required hospitalization
  • 1 case in the last 14 days
  • 1 death
  • 793 total cases
  • 4 required hospitalization
  • 3 deaths

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