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June 16-22, 2022 COVID-19 update: 15 deaths and 5,482 new infections in Hawaiʻi

Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines administered. Now, there is emergency authorization for lower-dose vaccines for children from 6 months to under-5. Photo Credit: Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi.

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health reported 5,482 new COVID-19 cases for the week of June 16-22, 2022, which is 1,717 fewer cases than the previous week. There were 15 deaths.

It is the fifth week in a row that case numbers are down, but also the fifth week in a row that deaths have increase (this week by six).

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 on June 22 was 196, down 22 from a week earlier. As of June 22, there were 10 people in ICU beds and 3 people on ventilators with the virus, according to the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency.

  • June 16-22, 2022: xx deaths, 5,482 new infections
  • June 9-15, 2022: 9 death, 7199 new infections
  • June 2-8, 2022: 8 deaths, 8,033 new infections
  • May 26-June 1: 6 deaths, 8,124 new infections
  • May 19-25: 5 deaths, 8,924 new infections
  • May 12-18: 12 deaths, 7,149 new infections
  • May 5-11, 2022: 6 deaths, 5,768 new infections
  • April 28-May 4, 2022: 10 deaths, 4,249 new infections
  • April 21-27, 2022: 11 deaths, 3,370 new infections
  • April 14-20, 2022: 17 deaths, 1,736 new infections 
  • April 7-13, 2022: 8 deaths, 1,327 new infections
  • March 31-April 6, 2022: 3 deaths, 1,194 new infections 
  • March 24-30, 2022: 6 deaths, 1,187 new infections
  • March 17-23, 2022: 5 deaths, 827 new infections
  • March 10-16, 2022: 14 deaths, 1,092 new infections

The latest weekly count includes 635 cases on Maui, 579 on Hawaiʻi Island, 326 on Kauaʻi, 21 on Molokaʻi, 9 on Lānaʻi, and 127 out of state.  There are 3,785 new COVID-19 cases on Oʻahu.

Of this week’s 5,482 cases, there are 4,368 cases identified as confirmed, and 1,114 probable cases were added to the count.  The confirmed cases included: 2,918 on O‘ahu (+867 probable); 445 on Hawai‘i Island (+134 probable); 560 on Maui (+75 probable); 311 on Kaua‘i (+15 probable); 19 on Molokaʻi (+2 probable); 4 on Lānaʻi (+5 probable); and 111 Hawai‘i residents diagnosed while out of state (+16 probable).

The number of “active” cases statewide over two weeks dropped to 11,536, down by 2,438 cases.

Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 deaths increased to 1,489, with 15 new deaths reported over the past week.

*The state Department of Health updates deaths every Wednesday on the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division data dashboard.

In Maui County, the seven day average for new daily cases is 55.3 per 100,000; or an average of 93 per day over the last week. The countyʻs test positivity rate is 19.1%, and the statewide positivity rate is now 17.1%.

State officials announced a transition plan at the end of April from emergency response to public health management. 

Maui Mayor Michael Victorino is calling for the public to use “respectful masking” and practice “COVIDsense” amid the recent hospitalizations on Maui.

As of 9 a.m. on June 22, 2022, the latest data available, there were 22 individuals hospitalized in Maui County with COVID-19, an increase of nine people from a week ago. Of the 22 hospitalized individuals, 15 were unvaccinated and 7 were vaccinated (with only three with a booster). None of these patients are on a ventilator or in the ICU.

The number of hospitalized remains below both the 41 reported during the height of the delta surge in August 2021, and the previous omicron high of 56 reported on Jan. 28, 2022.

The new cases bring the cumulative total of cases to 303,333 (confirmed and probable) statewide, reported since Feb. 28, 2020.

To date, there have been 1,489 COVID-19 related deaths in Hawaiʻi including: 1,107 on Oʻahu, 141 in Maui County (136 on Maui, 4 on Molokaʻi and one on Lanaʻ), 197 on Hawaiʻi Island, 32 on Kauaʻi and 12 deaths in residents diagnosed while out-of-state.

QUARANTINE UPDATES:

COVID-19 Testing Availability on Maui:

Testing on Maui is available at the following locations:

  • Lahaina: Lahaina Civic Center | Mondays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.‍
  • ‍Kīhei: 1280 S. Kīhei Road (behind Ace Hardware) | Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. ‍
  • ‍Kahului: 348 Lehuakona St. (at Maui Marketplace) | Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Mauliola Pharmacy at the Cameron Center in Wailuku, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (Booster shots are also available at the pharmacy, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.)

Additional testing sites throughout the County of Maui are posted here.

Medical advice, treatment options for COVID patients:

Doctors on Call Maui offers information, medical advice, and can discuss treatment options with COVID-19 patients, including those who have self-tested at home. Doctors on Call offers private smartphone or iPhone telemedicine video visits. The telemedicine visits are confidential and covered by insurances. Telemedicine visits are available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. More information is available at: doctorsoncallmaui.com or call 808-667-7676. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Availability:

For a comprehensive listing of Maui County vaccination sites and availability, go to mauinuistrong.info/vaccination-locations.

The vaccine clinic at Maui Memorial Medical Center is available on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. to accommodate the booster shot appointments. Additional vaccine sites available during the month are posted here.

In mid June, the US Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for vaccines for children from 6 months to under 5 years for the children’s version of the Pfizer-BionTech and Moderna vaccine. The CDC said in a news release that all children, including children who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated. Vaccination locations in Hawaiʻi for children under 5 will be listed on the vaccine page at hawaiicovid19.com once vaccines arrive.

Children ages 5 through 11 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot five months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination.

Kaiser Permanente’s Maui Lani Medical Office is offering keiki vaccinations (Pfizer vaccine and booster) for children ages 5 to 11, by appointment. Schedule an appointment for your child via an e-visit on kp.org. Non-members may schedule by calling 808-243-6000 (TTY 711), Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

22nd COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation; and Maui County Public Health Emergency Rules Available online

  • USPS offering 8 free at home COVID-19 tests
  • State officials: Indoor masking for Hawaiʻi public schools will remain through summer
  • State transitions from emergency response to public health management
  • Maui hospital visitor policy updated: two visitors allowed in most patient care areas
  • Federal judge throws out CDC transportation mask mandate
  • CDC extends travel-related mask mandate to May 3
  • Hawaiʻi adopts CDC guidance, allowing additional booster for certain individuals
  • Hawaiʻi’s indoor mask mandate expires March 25, 2022
  • Safe Travels program ends March 26, 2022
  • Maui Memorial Medical Center reinstates allowance of regular visitors
  • Honolulu Mayor Blangiardi announces end of the City’s COVID-19 emergency orders
  • Mayor repealing Maui County Public Health Emergency Rules, effective March 1, 2022
  • Vaccines no longer required to dine-in on Maui, starting Monday Feb. 21, 2022

The Hawai‘i Department of Health transitioned from daily to weekly COVID-19 data reporting effective March 9, 2022. Case counts and vaccination updates are now published every Wednesday.

Original source: https://mauinow.com/2022/06/22/june-16-22-2022-covid-19-update-15-deaths-and-5482-new-infections-in-hawai%ca%bbi/

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