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Hawaii Island COVID-19 case count hits 1,300

Hawaii Island’s COVID-19 case count hit 1,300 Sunday with the announcement of 26 new cases of the novel coronavirus on the island.

The new Hawaii Island cases were among 83 new positive cases reported Sunday by state health officials bringing the statewide total to 15,154 since Feb. 28. Oahu reported 53 cases, Kauai one and three residents were diagnosed with the virus while outside the state.

As of noon Sunday, 3,330 of the 15,154 known cases were considered active, including 397 cases on Hawaii Island. An active case is defined as an individual who has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being monitored by the Department of Health.

Statewide, 1,107 COVID-19 patients have required hospitalization, including 65 on Hawaii Island, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center.

State health officials Sunday reported no new coronavirus-related deaths. Of the 219 coronavirus-related deaths confirmed and reported to date, 170 were on Oahu, 17 were on Maui, one on Lanai, 31 were on Hawaii Island and one was a Kauai resident receiving treatment in Arizona at the time he died.

The state has yet to confirm nine of the 40 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Hawaii Island. Twenty-seven of the deaths were among residents of the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo and another seven died at Hilo Medical Center, four at Life Care Center of Hilo and two at Kona Community Hospital.

Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency, in collaboration with the Department of Health, will launch an expanded COVID-19 dashboard at 3 p.m. today.

This expanded dashboard will update daily at 3 p.m. and provide access to daily COVID-19 case counts, seven-day case averages, positivity rates, and the number of deaths caused by COVID-19. It will also feature a county-by-county summary of hospital resources, including the availability of ICU beds and ventilators.

The new dashboard can be found at hawaiicovid19.com/dashboard.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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