The state confirms a second case of a COVID-19 variant from the UK found in Oahu, another resident with no travel history

Update: 2:45 p.m.

The Hawaii State Health Laboratories Division today confirmed that a second case of the super-spreading COVID-19 strain that was first discovered in the United Kingdom was found in another Ohio resident with no travel history.

State health officials reported Friday The first case was also an Oahu resident with no travel historyToday it is said that individuals are not known to have come into contact with each other.

Hawaiian health officials warned earlier this week that the highly contagious British strain, known as B1.1.7, which is 60%, may be spreading on the islands, representing a potential setback in the race to vaccinate as many people as possible before exposure to the strains. New.

According to a press release, “The Disease Outbreak Control Department of the Ministry of Health continues to actively investigate both cases and ensure that both individuals are isolated and contacted in quarantine.”

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Hawaiian Ministry of Health officials today reported 108 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the state’s total number of infections since the start of the epidemic to 26,393.

State health officials did not report any new deaths linked to the coronavirus today as the statewide death toll remains at 416.

The state’s official death toll from coronavirus includes 333 deaths on Oahu, 53 on the island of Hawaii, 26 on Maui, one on Kauai, and three Hawaiians who died outside the state.

The death toll from coronavirus-related deaths in the United States exceeded 461,000 today.

Officials said the new statewide cases reported by the Health Department today include 86 in Oahu, 16 in Maui, one each each in Big Island, Kwai and Lanai, and three residents outside Hawaii. As a result of the updated information, one case of Oahu has been removed from the charges.

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The statistics released today reflect the new cases reported to the department on Thursday.

The total number of coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak has reached 21,289 in Oahu, 2,188 in Hawaii County, 1,849 in Maui, 179 in Kauai, 109 in Lanai and 25 in Molokai. There are also 754 Hawaiians diagnosed outside the state.

Health officials also said today that out of the state’s total number of infections, 1,318 have been considered active. Officials say they consider the infections reported in the past 14 days a “proxy number for active cases.” The number of active cases in the state has decreased by 24 today.

By island, Oahu has 964 active cases, Maui has 278, Big Island has 71, Kwai has three, and Lanai has three, according to the state’s latest tally. Molokai has no active COVID cases.

Health officials counted 9,206 new COVID-19 test results in today’s census, with a positive rate of 1.17% statewide. The average state for 7 days of positivity rate is 1.8%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Dashboard.

Of all the confirmed cases in Hawaii, 1,745 required hospitalization, with 13 new hospitalizations being admitted today by state health officials.

Four hospitals statewide count Hawaiians diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 1,741 in-state hospital cases, 1,526 were in Oahu, 104 on Maui, 98 on Big Island, seven on Kauai, five in Lanai and one in Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaiian COVID-19 dashboard, a total of 64 patients were infected with the virus in Hawaiian hospitals as of Friday morning, with 17 in intensive care units and 13 on ventilators.

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Health officials said that as of Jan. 31, 157,018 vaccines had been given out of the 227,600 the state had received. Vaccinations administered by county are Honolulu, 105,500; Maui 14391; Hawaii, 15,035 and Kawai, 11,755. The total also included several thousand administered under the federal pharmacy program. State officials release updated, verified vaccination numbers every Wednesday.

Oahu moved to the less restrictive Level 2 of Honolulu’s four-tier economic recovery plan on October 22. To gauge whether Honolulu will take a different level, the city takes a “weekly assessment” of the two major numbers of COVID-19 every Wednesday. To move to Level 3 from Level 2, the average new cases for 7 days must be less than 50 on two consecutive Wednesdays. Also, the average 7-day positivity rate should be below 2.5% on these two Wednesdays.

The average number of cases today for seven days in Oahu is 61 and the average rate of positivity for seven days is 2.4%, according to Honolulu Mayor Rick Plangeri.

Blagniardi said he hopes to stay at Level 2, a four-tiered framework created by former mayor Kirk Caldwell. Under Level 3, social gatherings of up to 10 will be permitted, up from 5 under Level 2, and retail businesses will be able to operate at full capacity, instead of 50% of capacity under Level 2.


This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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