Hawaii sees 7 new COVID deaths; 60 fatalities reported in last 2 weeks alone

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Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 9:04 AM HST|Updated: Sep. 9, 2021 at 11:46 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii reported seven additional COVID-19 deaths Thursday and 429 new infections.

The death toll from the virus now stands at 633.

And the state has reported 60 deaths in the last two weeks alone.

In reporting the new fatalities Thursday, the state Health Department warned that while case counts have dropped slightly “we are still in the middle of the deadliest surge of the pandemic.”

Of the 60 deaths reported in the last two weeks, there have been four in their 30s. There was one patient in his 20s.

The state Department of Health said the fatalities reported Thursday were all on Oahu and included:

  • A woman in her 30s
  • Two men in their 50s
  • A man in his 60s
  • Two men in their 70s
  • And a man in his 80s.

All had underlying health conditions and were hospitalized.

Hilton Raethel, head of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, said the rise in deaths is directly related to the surge in cases since the start of August.

“Whenever you get a hospital surge, which is what we’ve been though in the last few weeks, a certain number of those patients will die. That’s the reality of this disease,” he said.

“Also some long COVID patients are being taken off ventilators. There are some families who are realizing these patients will not pull through and they’re being taken off life support. And that’s very sad and that’s very tragic when that happens.”

The new cases bring the total number of infections since the pandemic began to 69,573.

Over the last 14 days, there have been 10,582 cases reported, which are considered “active” across the state. Of the cases reported Thursday:

  • 273 were on Oahu
  • 52 on Hawaii Island
  • 63 on Maui
  • 33 on Kauai

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

Some 64.8% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, while 73% have received at least one dose.

This story will be updated.

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