In record case count, Hawaii reports 1,828 new COVID infections; 1 additional fatality

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Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 9:03 AM HST|Updated: Dec. 24, 2021 at 10:44 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii reported 1,828 new COVID cases on Friday in the highest number of single-day infections since the start of the pandemic.

According to the state Health Department, the highest previously reported case count was 1,588 on Aug. 27.

The latest infections bring the state’s total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 98,593.

The state also reported one additional fatality, pushing the death toll from the virus to 1,078.

Over the past 14 days, the state says there have been 9,433 cases detected.

Amid an alarming increase in COVID infections, the governor and health leaders are urging the public to be vigilant and take additional precautions such as getting vaccinated or a booster shot.

Despite the rising case counts around the holidays, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said he will not use his power to stop gatherings, adding there won’t be any new restrictions — at least for the time being. He added that it should now be about personal responsibility.

Of the new infections reported Friday:

  • 1,547 were on Oahu
  • 98 on Maui
  • 91 on Hawaii Island
  • 67 on Kauai
  • 5 on Molokai

There were also 20 people diagnosed out of state.

The state is no longer issuing details daily on where COVID deaths occurred, their age ranges, and whether those who died had underlying conditions.

Some 73.9% of the state’s residents are fully vaccinated, while 79.3% have received at least one dose.

This story will be updated.

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