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Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest August 4, 2020

Department of Health: Honolulu Man is 27th Death Related to Coronavirus The Honolulu Medical Examiner reported the death of a Honolulu man to the Dept. of Health, who had tested positive for COVID-19. The man was in the 40 to 59-year-old age group and he had underlying medical conditions. He passed away on July 29. 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. Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson stated, “We all extend our condolences to the family and friends of this man. Every death reminds us how very serious this disease is. Coronavirus can strike down anyone of any age. We can all protect each other and prevent more hospitalizations and deaths.” Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, August 4, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) O‘ahu 139 2,221++ Hawai‘i 5 122 Maui 0 176 Kauai 0 47 Moloka‘i 0 2 Lana‘i 0 0 HI residents diagnosed outside of HI 0 23 Total Cases 144 2,591 Deaths 1 27 ++As a result of updated information, one (1) case from O‘ahu was removed from the counts. Laboratory* [...]

2020-08-04T17:22:54-10:00August 4th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

27th Death from Coronavirus Reported

Honolulu Man, 40-59 Years-Old is Latest COVID-19 Casualty HONOLULU – The Honolulu Medical Examiner reported the death of a Honolulu man to the Dept. of Health, who had tested positive for COVID-19. The man was in the 40 to 59-year-old age group and he had underlying medical conditions. 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. Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson stated, “We all extend our condolences to the family and friends of this man. Every death reminds us how very serious this disease is. Coronavirus can strike down anyone of any age. We can all protect each other and prevent more hospitalizations and deaths.” DOH is reporting another day of triple digit coronavirus diagnosis. 144 cases today, with 139 on O‘ahu and five (5) on Hawai‘i Island. The headlines demonstrate that this is not the time for anyone in Hawai‘i to be letting their guard down: These are some examples of clusters that are under investigation: 71 cases linked to a series of funeral events 6 cases linked to a hot yoga class 12 cases associated with a birthday party Multiple household [...]

2020-08-04T12:03:31-10:00August 4th, 2020|News Releases|

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest August 3, 2020

Governor’s Office: Governor Addresses Spike in Cases, Gives Update on Contact-Tracing Capacity   Gov. Ige held a news briefing Monday after DOH reported another spike in COVID-19 cases. A total of 207 cases were announced today, although 114 of those cases are due to delayed test results. The governor pointed out it is a result of community spread and that people have been relaxing and letting their guard down. He also gave an update on contact tracers in the state, providing assurances that despite concerns, DOH has enough contact tracers trained to handle the number of cases. Gov. Ige said, “The number of contact tracers currently on staff are managing today’s demands. The DOH is activating more contact tracers to handle the expected increase in cases.” He also pointed out the National Guard has 60 contact tracers available to assist at a moment’s notice and scale up on contact-tracing capacity. However, the governor and DOH have both noted that contact tracing isn’t a substitute for safe practices, such as physical distancing and wearing masks, that prevent the spread of the virus. In his briefing Gov. Ige said, “As we re-opened, many people have relaxed their vigilance and this new surge [...]

2020-08-03T16:53:11-10:00August 3rd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Triple digit coronavirus case counts continue into a second week

HONOLULU – The highest, single-day record of new positive COVID-19 cases is being reported by the Dept. of Health today, at 207. Approximately 114 of these cases are the result of delayed reporting over the weekend, a result of private clinical laboratory reporting issues. Health Director Bruce Anderson said, “It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to detail all of the situations in which people are becoming infected with coronavirus. It runs the whole gamut of hanging out with close friends, socializing in bars, attending religious events and funerals, and many other types other social gatherings. This virus does not discriminate on who it infects and the only way to prevent its spread is to limit exposure to others by using face coverings, physical distancing and avoiding gatherings and crowded places. Unfortunately, Hawai‘i is experiencing spikes in cases similar to many mainland states, and in most cases, we can track new infections back to those who have let down their guard. Everyone needs to take this very seriously.” Many beaches on Oahu were as crowded as they were before the COVID-19 outbreak. On Maui, Little Beach in Makena State Park was less crowded than normal. This was likely the result of social [...]

2020-08-03T12:45:18-10:00August 3rd, 2020|News Releases|

Temporary laboratory reporting delays affect COVID-19 case numbers

Large Gatherings Continue to Spread Virus HONOLULU – The daily reporting of positive COVID-19 cases in Hawaii has been temporarily affected by missing data on Saturday and again today from Clinical Laboratories of Hawai‘i, a major private laboratory conducting most of tests in the state. From the test results that are available today, the Department of Health is reporting 45 additional cases of coronavirus. This is the second day, new case numbers dropped from triple digits to double digits, but this is not a complete and accurate picture due to the temporary delay in receiving complete data. State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park explains, “We are missing electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) data from one of the private clinical laboratories, from July 31 to today. This is likely a result of recent modifications in data reporting required by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. We have advised the affected laboratory to provide manual reporting of data until they’re able to correct the reporting issues. This is impacting our ability to quickly identify and investigate new persons with COVID-19 and to contact trace.” DOH will likely need to update case numbers from Friday on. All but one (1) of the newly [...]

2020-08-02T15:06:11-10:00August 2nd, 2020|News Releases|

Encouraging coronavirus case numbers partly a result of testing lag

HONOLULU - The Hawai‘i Department of Health is reporting today, 87 new positive COVID-19 cases diagnosed on O‘ahu for a cumulative total of 2,197 cases in the state, reported since March. While this number is encouraging and lower than previous days, it also reflects a significant lag in the testing results. With many test specimens now being sent to mainland labs for processing, reporting of test results is delayed 5-7 days. This delay may make case numbers appear lower than actual disease activity. “Many of the cases reported recently are associated with social gatherings,” said Health Director Bruce Anderson. This month, multiple cases have been associated with a yoga class, fire station, funeral events, gyms, socializing at bars, and training events. Infections have been traced to workplaces including but not limited to a construction company and site, non-patient care areas of hospitals, social service organizations, nursing and care homes, retail establishments, warehouse, and delivery businesses. Multiple household and other cases are primarily associated with social interactions such as house parties, beach parties/gatherings, birthday parties, Father’s Day & Fourth of July gatherings, religious functions, gathering to view sporting events, and co-workers socializing while off-duty. “Everyone should avoid close contact with others outside of their household members, [...]

2020-08-01T15:25:19-10:00August 1st, 2020|News Releases|

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest July 31, 2020

Department of Health: 123 New Coronavirus Cases Includes 18 Children A third day of triple-digit case numbers is being reported by DOH and is the first time total cumulative cases have exceeded 2,000. The 123 newly diagnosed cases include 18 pediatric cases (18-years-old and younger) and follows 32 pediatric cases reported yesterday. Public health authorities continue to remind everyone to be kind and to act with care, as not only do we need to protect our kupuna, but everyone we love and cherish, including our keiki. Please, each of us must act as if we have the virus and take responsibility for preventing its spread by physically distancing, wearing masks, and washing our hands frequently. Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, July 31, 2020 Island of Diagnosis New Cases Reported since 2/28/2020 (including new cases) O‘ahu 119 1755++ Hawai‘i 0 115 Maui 4 169 Kauai 0 47 Moloka‘i 0 2 Lana‘i 0 0 HI residents diagnosed outside of HI 0 23 Total Cases 123 2,111 Deaths 0 26 ++As a result of updated information, one (1) case from O‘ahu was removed from the counts. Laboratory* Testing Data There were 2,039 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting. Total Number [...]

2020-07-31T17:01:36-10:00July 31st, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest July 30, 2020

Office of the Governor:  SB126 Signing and Line Item Veto Gov. Ige held a news briefing Thursday to announce he has signed Senate Bill 126, with modifications. The governor said his primary concern was to expend the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding before it expired at the end of the year and to ensure maximum flexibility to use the funds where it is needed most. The vetoes include; A $90 million appropriation for airport screenings and health assurance initiatives. Gov. Ige pointed out Department of Transportation believes that $70 million will be sufficient for equipment and services to test, verify, and monitor travelers during COVID-19. $230 million to provide an additional weekly unemployment benefit of $100 per week. Gov. Ige says U.S. Congress is currently considering another economic stimulus package and they’re unsure what will be approved and Hawai‘i needs to be flexible in using the funds for other needs in case Congress provides additional funding for unemployment benefits. $100 million for housing and rental assistance and the administrative costs related to the housing relief and resiliency program. Gov. Ige said Hawai‘i Housing Finance & Development Corporation believes the initial amount of $50 million can be [...]

2020-07-31T08:36:30-10:00July 30th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Daily News Digest July 29, 2020

Office of the Governor: Spike in Cases Remind Community to Stay Vigilant, Reinstating Measures Being Considered At a news briefing Wednesday, Gov. Ige addressed the latest spike in COVID-19 cases. He said while the State is concerned about the high numbers, it was anticipated because the State laboratory was not testing during Hurricane Douglas. DOH reported a total of 109 cases overnight. Gov. Ige also assured the public the spike is manageable, and Hawai‘i still has adequate healthcare capacity. However, he is now proposing counties reinstate some measures in coordination with the State in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes limiting social gatherings to 10 people or fewer. The exception would be controlled environments like DOE, UH, and other cohorts where safe practices are being followed and monitored. Second, re-close bars. Third, work with counties to reinstate restrictions on gatherings in parks, consistent with the 10 or fewer people rule – although this time prohibiting structures like tents and bouncy houses. Lastly, re-evaluating guidelines issued for sports activities. Gov. Ige said, “We are all responsible for each other. Public health officials and all the available data say the best defense against COVID-19 is still taking personal responsibility. [...]

2020-07-29T17:19:32-10:00July 29th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

New record number of COVID-19 cases reported due to testing delays

Number of COVID-19 Cases Top 100 HONOLULU – The number of COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday have hit another single-day record, although the State had been anticipating the increase due to lab closures on Sunday and Monday after Hurricane Douglas. The case count for today stands at a total of 109; 98 on O‘ahu, nine (9) on Maui, and two (2) on Kaua‘i. A total of 5,160 tests were processed between Saturday and today. Normally, about 1,000-2,000 tests are processed each day. “The dramatic increase in cases reported today was anticipated based on recent trends since the Fourth of July weekend, which continue,” said State Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson. “We are seeing an increase in small and large social gatherings, including gatherings on beaches and in our parks, at homes and in workplaces. We have also recently seen an increase in cases associated with bars, gyms other establishments where physical distancing and masking is not regularly practiced. Based on data collected on cases through our investigations and contact tracing, we are recommending that strategic actions be taken to further restrict activities associated with these cases,” said Anderson. Venues where multiple clusters have been identified, such as in bars and gyms, [...]

2020-07-29T17:03:14-10:00July 29th, 2020|News Releases|

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