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BREAKING: 231 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i, One More Death

The state Department of Health is reporting 231 newly diagnosed positive cases of COVID-19 today, with 223 on O‘ahu, five on Hawai‘i Island and three on Maui.

Today, the Health Department also reports the death of an O‘ahu man, older than 60, who passed away yesterday. His death is being recorded as the 31st since the pandemic began.  (A previously reported death, of an elderly O‘ahu female on Aug. 5, has been removed from the tally. Her attending physician assessed she likely died from an underlying condition).

Also, an employee of a Honolulu gentleman’s club, who was sick, worked at a different club than the one originally identified by the Hawai‘i Department of Health. The clarification about the identification of the club came into DOH leadership after-hours on Friday and department officials say they regret the error. DOH is attempting to identify the club where the worker danced on July 25th as health investigators have been unable to identify all close contacts who potentially could have been exposed to COVID-19.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said, “Given that people may be infectious before they recognize they have symptoms, anyone who visited the dance club between the 23rd and 25th of last month should contact their healthcare provider, especially if they have symptoms, as they potentially could have been exposed to COVID-19.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)

Health Director Bruce Anderson again extended the sympathies of everyone in Hawai‘i to the family and friends of the 31st person to die from coronavirus in the state, since the beginning of the pandemic in late February.  “Unfortunately, with the dramatic surge in cases, we can expect more deaths in the coming weeks,’ said Anderson.  Hospitals throughout O‘ahu are transferring patients and opening up new specialized COVID units to handle the surge in patients that is expected over the next couple of weeks.”

Mayor Caldwell has ordered public park and beaches and other high risk activities closed effective at midnight last night. All O‘ahu State Parks, off-shore islands, and Ahu o Laka sandbar in Kāneʻohe Bay are also closed.

“Actions taken by the County to limit large, uncontrolled gatherings in public places and prohibit high risk activities should help prevent some of the spread of COVID, but that will not be enough. It is up to all of us to take responsibility for curtailing the spread of this deadly virus.  That can only be done if we all avoid close contact with others, crowded places, and wear masks, when physical distancing cannot be reliably accomplished. This weekend and next weekend would really be a good time to simply stay at home,” said Anderson.

Cases by island include:

  • Hawaiʻi County: 128 (13 active; 115 released from isolation; 4 required hospitalization)
  • Honolulu County: 2964 (1737 active; 1203 released from isolation; 192 required hospitalization; 22 deaths)
  • Kauaʻi County: 47 (1 active; 46 released from isolation; 1 required hospitalization;
  • Maui County: 184 (31 active; 147 released from isolation; 26 required hospitalization; 6 deaths)
  • Pending: 0
  • Residents diagnosed outside of Hawaiʻi: 23 (2 required hospitalization, 1 death of an elderly Kaua‘i resident who died out of state, in Arizona)

Laboratory Testing Data

There were 2,698 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting.  So far, there have been 141,944 total individuals tested by Clinical and State Laboratories.  Of that number, 3,346 were positive, 138,579 were negative, and 19 test results were inconclusive.

Previous case counts include the following:

• 8.8.20: 231 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i, One More Death
• 8.7.20: 201 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawaii, First time Daily Count is Over 200
• 8.6.20: UPDATE: 152 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i; “Undercount” Resolved
• 8.5.20: 173 New COVID-19 Cases, All on O‘ahu
• 8.4.20: 144 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i; 27th Death
• 8.3.20: 207 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i, Highest One-Day Record Due to Delayed Lab Reporting
• 8.2.20: 45 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i; Temporary Reporting Delays Affect Total
• 8.1.20: 87 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i; Testing Lag of 5-7 Days
• 7.31.20: 123 New COVID-19 Cases: Third Consecutive Day of Triple-Digit Increases in Hawai‘i
• 7.30.20: 124 New COVID-19 Cases: New One-Day Record, Triple-Digit Record for Hawai‘i
• 7.29.20: 109 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i (98 on O‘ahu, 9 on Maui, 2 Kaua‘i), New One-Day High
• 7.28.20: 47 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i: 46 on O‘ahu, 1 on Maui
• 7.27.20: 28 New COVID-19 Cases on O‘ahu; Investigators Search for Bar Patrons for Contact Tracing
• 7.26.20: 64 New Covid-19 Cases in Hawai‘i on Sunday: 55 on O‘ahu, 7 on Maui, 2 on Kaua‘i
• 7.25.20: 73 New COVID-19 Cases: 3rd Consecutive Day of Record High Numbers on July 25
• 7.24.20: 60 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawaiʻi: 2nd Day of Record High Numbers on July 24
• 7.23.20: 55 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawaiʻi: Record High Numbers on Thursday, July 23

List of COVID-19 Related Deaths in Hawai‘i:

  • (Aug.7) An O‘ahu man, older than 60, who passed away on Aug. 7. His death is being recorded as the 31st since the pandemic began.
  • (Aug. 6) *Case removed from count.  An elderly female, with underlying medical conditions, had been a resident at a Pearl City nursing home, but then was hospitalized. (This case has since been removed from the tally. Her attending physician assessed she likely died from an underlying condition).
  • (Aug. 6) An elderly man, also with underlying health issues, was also in the hospital when he died.
  • (July 27) A Honolulu man with underlying medical conditions has died.  Department of Health officials say the man was in the 40 to 59-year-old age group and had tested positive for COVID-19. An investigation into his cause of death continues, and it is recorded as the 27th COVID-19 death in Hawai‘i since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • (July 23) State officials extended condolences to the family and friends of the 26th person to succumb to coronavirus, an elderly O‘ahu woman. Her death was reported to DOH late Wednesday, July 22 and was included in the July 23rd recap.
  • (July 22) An Oʻahu man, between 40-59 years-of-age was the state’s 25th COVID-19 related death. The death was reported late Tuesday, June 21. This was the fourth COVID-19 death in this age group.
  • (July 17) An elderly O‘ahu woman, with underlying medical conditions, was the 24th death due to coronavirus for Hawai‘i. The woman died on Thursday, July 16, and her passing was reported the following day.
  • (July 17) Hawaiʻi reported a 23rd COVID-19 related death involving an elderly Oʻahu resident who had been isolating at home with family.  The state Department of Health confirms that the individual was a man over the age of 60 who had an underlying health condition.
  • (July 11-12 weekend) One patient was an elderly Kaua‘i resident who died out of state, in Arizona over the July 11-12 weekend. Health officials say the man had been receiving treatment for several months for underlying medical conditions.
  • (July 12) A female died in an O‘ahu hospital Sunday morning, July 12, and had previously been a resident of a care home.
  • (July 7) An elderly O‘ahu man with underlying medical issues died July 7th. State health officials say the man’s death was added today after a review of his health history and discussions with his primary care physician.
  • (July 3) An elderly patient on O‘ahu who was hospitalized with multiple underlying health issues.
  • (June 26) An elderly Honolulu man was the 18th death in Hawai‘i due to the coronavirus.  The last reported death prior to this was on May 3, one-and-a-half months earlier.
  • (May 3) The 17th death is a woman, over the age of 60 on Maui, with underlying medical conditions. She had been in the hospital at Maui Memorial Medical Center since late February. Her infection occurred in mid-April. “COVID-19 is not believed to be the primary cause of death, due to her other serious illnesses, but may have been a contributing factor to her passing,” health officials said.
  • (April 27) The 16th death is an Oʻahu woman who is over 65-years-old and had underlying conditions and had been hospitalized since early April.
  • (April 26) An O‘ahu man, over the age of 65, with underlying health conditions passed away on April 26. He had been in the hospital since early March and his infection was presumed to be community associated.
  • (April 24) The Hawai‘i Department of Health reported the 13th and 14th deaths associated with COVID-19 in the state. One is an O‘ahu man who had been hospitalized since the beginning of April, was over 65-years-old, and had underlying medical conditions. He had a history of travel to Las Vegas in March. The other is also an O‘ahu man, over 65-years-old, who’d also been hospitalized recently and also had underlying health conditions. His infection was the result of community-associated spread.
  • (April 20) The Hawai‘i Dept. of Health reports that two additional coronavirus related deaths occurred on April 20, bringing the total in the state to 12 since tracking began on Feb. 28, 2020.  The deaths occurred on O‘ahu and on Maui and both were men, 65-years-old, or older. On Maui, the man who passed had underlying health conditions. He had been in the hospital at Maui Memorial Medical Center since late last year, according to state Health officials.  This person’s death is considered related to the MMMC cluster.
  • (April 19) The fourth Maui case was confirmed on April 19, and was an adult male from Washington state in the 40-59-year age group who had no previous medical conditions. State health officials say the man’s exposure history may be travel-related.  The man had been hospitalized for an extended period in serious condition at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
  • (April 11) A woman, over 65-years-old is the ninth death from COVID-19. State officials say she had underlying medical conditions and had tested positive for the virus when she was hospitalized on O‘ahu.
  • (April 7) A third death in Maui County reportedly occurred on April 7, but was reported in the state count on Friday, April 10.  The third case involved an elderly individual who was in the chronic care unit.
  • (April 8) The second Maui death was announced on Wednesday, April 8, and was an unattended death. The person who passed was identified as an adult male resident over the age of 65.
  • (April 6) Maui reported its first COVID-19 related death on Monday, April 6, of an adult male over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions and exposure to travelers.
  • (April 4) An East O‘ahu adult male, over 65-years-old, is the 4th person to die from COVID-19. The individual passed on April 4, and based on preliminary information, this case was travel-related in that the person may have been exposed to someone who had traveled. He had been hospitalized.
  • (April 3) The Hawaiʻi Department of Health reported the death of a third individual with COVID-19. The elderly Oʻahu resident had been hospitalized in critical condition on life support for several weeks after returning from travel to Washington state.
  • (April 2) Hawaiʻi officials confirm a second COVID-19 related death in the state.
  • (March 30). Governor David Ige offered condolences to the family of an individual, as the state reported it’s first death linked to the COVID-19 virus. The individual passed away on March 20 and was identified as an older adult male resident of Oʻahu who was hospitalized with multiple medical issues and did have a positive COVID-19 exposure, according to state Health officials.  The presumptive positive result came back from a private lab.

Original source: https://mauinow.com/2020/08/08/breaking-231-new-covid-19-cases-in-hawaii-one-more-death/

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