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Hawaii reports 13 new COVID fatalities, in deadliest day since pandemic began

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Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 9:05 AM HST|Updated: Sep. 1, 2021 at 12:42 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii reported 13 new COVID fatalities on Wednesday, in the highest single-day total for deaths from the virus since the pandemic began.

The death toll from COVID in Hawaii now stands at 602.

Of the 13 people who died, one had no underlying conditions and three were under 50.

Meanwhile, the state Health Department reported 455 new infections Wednesday, but said that figure represented a “partial count” because of a lab systems reporting interruption. It’s the latest reporting issue seen in recent days, in a situation officials have blamed on labs being pushed to their limits.

The state said nine of the 13 deaths reported Wednesday were on Oahu, and all but one had been hospitalized. The remaining four were on Maui, and one died at home.

The Oahu deaths were:

  • A man in his 30s
  • two men in their 40s
  • two men in their 50s, including one without underlying conditions
  • A man in his 60s
  • A man and a woman in their 70s
  • And a man in his 80s who died in a care facility

The Maui deaths were:

  • A man in his 50s
  • A man in his 60s
  • A man in his 70s
  • And a woman in her 80s

The staggering rise in deaths comes as Hawaii’s health care system grapples with a surge in COVID patients. Hospitals say they are struggling to keep up, and oxygen supplies are also under strain.

Hilo Medical Center says it is working over capacity with all 11 of the facility’s ICU beds in use and five other patients in intensive care. The Hawaii Island hospital is currently caring for 37 COVID patients. Officials say nine of them are in the ICU with eight of them on ventilators.

The other 28 patients are in the hospital’s designated COVID Unit.

Similarly, at Maui Memorial Medical Center, there are 26 COVID patients with six in the ICU. Officials say they are using about three times as much oxygen than normal because of the COVID surge.

As of Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Josh Green reports 437 patients hospitalized with COVID across the state with 382 of them unvaccinated.

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Of the new cases:

  • 291 were on Oahu
  • 64 on Hawaii Island
  • 51 on Maui
  • 37 on Kauai
  • three on Molokai
  • one on Lanai

There were also eight residents diagnosed out-of-state.

The new cases reported Wednesday bring the statewide total for infections since the pandemic began to 63,957. Over the past 14 days, the state said there have been 10,911 new infections reported.

Some 63.4% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, while 71.6% have received at least one dose.

This story will be updated.

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