After 20 COVID deaths in a week, Hawaii health officials stress importance of second booster

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Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 9:00 AM HST|Updated: Jul. 6, 2022 at 3:12 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Health on Wednesday reported 20 additional coronavirus deaths and 4,381 new cases in the past seven days.

That compares to 5,362 cases and 15 additional deaths in the previous week.

In a discussion with reporters on Wednesday, State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble said COVID cases have been trending down.

“We do see some slowing in the rate of decline now, and so that raises the question of whether we may be hitting a plateau at this point,” she said.

The state’s COVID figures don’t include positive from at-home tests, so the real number is likely far higher. But health officials did say they’re still closely watching the trends.

The latest number brings the statewide total since the start of the pandemic to 313,076.

Meanwhile, the additional fatalities bring the state’s COVID death toll to 1,524.

Kemble stressed the importance of getting a second booster shot as over 90% of deaths were among those 50 and older.

According to DOH, 75% of those 50 and older have not received a second booster dose, and 61% of those 75 and older have not received a second booster.

“So it’s really important, we do know that boosters provide protection against severe outcomes from COVID-19, including hospitalization and death,” Kemble said. “It’s really important to go get that booster, especially for those older age groups.”

She also noted that there have been several cases of reinfections, but it’s difficult to obtain accurate data as many of those who were reinfected did not report it.

The state now issues its COVID data on a weekly rather than daily basis.

Here’s a breakdown of this week’s figures provided by the Health Department:

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