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UPDATE: 152 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i Today; “Undercount” Resolved

The state initially recorded 53 new COVID-19 cases as of noon, but updated that figure at around 5 p.m.,  saying 152 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 today.  The initial figure was an undercount as a result of technical difficulties with their electronic laboratory reporting system.

State Health Director, Dr. Bruce Anderson noted that there are 117 hospitalized patients statewide–115 of them on Oʻahu.

The count brings the total cases in Hawaiʻi over the course of the pandemic to 2,914. To date, 1440 cases have recovered, 225 individuals have required hospitalization and there are currently 1445 active cases in the state, an estimated 95% of them on the island of Oʻahu.

Seven of the past nine days have been in the triple-digits.  Last week’s high numbers were partially attributed to a backlog from closed labs during Hurricane Douglas.  This week’s high numbers have been partially attributed to delayed reporting over the weekend, a result of private clinical laboratory reporting issues. Health officials yesterday said the high numbers demonstrate that people should not be letting down their guard in terms of prevention measures.

Cases by island include:

  • Hawaiʻi County: 123 (8 active; 115 released from isolation; 4 required hospitalization)
  • Honolulu County: 2541 (1382 active; 1137 released from isolation; 192 required hospitalization; 22 deaths)
  • Kauaʻi County: 47 (1 active; 46 released from isolation; 1 required hospitalization;
  • Maui County: 180 (32 active; 142 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)

Also, as a result of updated information, one case from Honolulu was removed from today’s count.

There were also two COVID-19 related deaths reported today, bringing the statewide total to 29 since the pandemic began, including 22 on Oʻahu, six in Maui County, and one Kauaʻi resident who was hospitalized in Arizona. Hawaiʻi has a mortality rate of 1.9 deaths per 100,000, according to Lt. Gov. Green. Prior COVID-19 related deaths are posted here.

Previous case counts include the following:

• 8.6.20: UPDATE: 152 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i Today; “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

Original source: https://mauinow.com/2020/08/06/53-new-covid-19-cases-is-an-undercount-due-to-technical-difficulties-with-lab-reporting/

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