284 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i (273 O‘ahu, 7 Maui, 3 Hawai‘i Island, 1 Kaua‘i)August 15, 2020, 12:37 PM HST · Updated August 15, 12:42 PM Wendy Osher · 32 Comments
By Wendy Osher
The state has reported another triple digit increase in new COVID-19 cases with 284 new cases today including 273 on Oʻahu, seven on Maui, three on Hawaiʻi Island and one on Kauaʻi. This marks the fourth consecutive day that the daily count has exceeded 200, with a record breaking 355 cases reported on Thursday. More than 96% of the active cases statewide are on the island of Oʻahu.
Cases by island include:
- Hawaiʻi County: 145 (20 active; 125 released from isolation; five required hospitalization)
- Honolulu County: 4390 (2879 active; 1478 released from isolation; 243 required hospitalization; 33 deaths)
- Kauaʻi County: 54 (8 active; 46 released from isolation; 1 required hospitalization;
- Maui County: 213 (48 active; 159 released from isolation; 28 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)
The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health reports that there were 279 cases (6%) that have required hospitalization. At least 4,241 (93%) patients were residents.
Of the 213 cases in Maui County, at least 159 have been released from isolation, and 28 have required hospitalization. Based on the current numbers, there are 48 active cases in Maui County.
To date, there have been 40 COVID-19 related deaths in Hawaiʻi, including 33 on Oʻahu, six in Maui County, and one Kauaʻi resident who was hospitalized in Arizona. Hawaiʻi has a mortality rate of 2.9 deaths per 100,000, according to Lt. Gov. Green. Scroll down for a list of prior COVID-19 related deaths.
In Maui County, cases with onset in the last 28 days have been in all areas of Maui except for Hāna (96713), and the rural outlying islands of Lānaʻi and Molokaʻi. Of the 213 cases documented in Maui County over the course of the pandemic, Wailuku, Kīhei, Kahului, Makawao and Haʻikū had the most cases (6-30 cases each); followed by Lahaina, Kula and Spreckelsville (1-5 cases each); and Hāna. Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi (0 cases).
Age breakdown is not available by county; however there is a breakdown of the statewide count. Of the 3615 (excludes 23 residents diagnosed out of state) cases recorded *as of Aug. 10 statewide (updated weekly): 448 were 0-19 years old (one of which required hospitalization); 1433 were 20-39 years old (25 of which required hospitalization); 1083 were 40-59 years old (73 of which required hospitalization; and six deaths); and 651 were 60+ years old (118 of which required hospitalization; and 27 deaths).
Out-of-State Arrivals: On Monday, July 13, Gov. David Ige announced the delayed launch of the state’s pre-travel testing program by a month to Sept. 1, 2020. He also announced the extension of Hawai‘i’s 14-day quarantine on trans-Pacific travel to the end of August. This quarantine for out-of-state arrivals into Hawaiʻi remains in effect unless terminated or extended by a separate proclamation.
Partial Reinstatement of Interisland Quarantine: Maui County residents are reminded that the Governor has reinstituted the mandatory 14-day quarantine for any travel between islands other than arrival on Oʻahu. The quarantine includes travel from Maui to Hawaiʻi Island or Kauaʻi, as well as travel to and from Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi. This remains in effect through Aug. 31, unless terminated or extended by a separate proclamation.
Individuals on Maui who are traveling to Honolulu, would not have to quarantine for 14 days while on Oʻahu. However, when returning, these individuals would have to quarantine upon return to Maui County.
Restrictions Mulled Amid Record Breaking Increase: Amid record breaking new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, Aug. 13, Gov. Ige said, “if things do not get better, we will have no choice but to look at more restrictions. This could include going back to the stay-at-home orders. It also means that we may have to delay trans-Pacific travel. I know that going backwards will cause further harm to our economy, but we may have no choice. Before we can fix our economy, we need to fix our health. I know you’re frustrated. Everyone wants our lives to return to normal. You have sacrificed so much, and I am asking you to sacrifice even more. Remember that taking personal responsibility is still the best way to fight COVID-19. You all know what to do. Wash your hands, wear your mask, avoid large gatherings and stay home if you feel sick.”
Oʻahu Public Schools on Complete Distance Learning for First 4 Weeks: Public schools on Oʻahu will go to complete distance learning for students for the first four weeks of the new school year. Schools will start on Oʻahu on Aug. 17 as previously announced.
Neighbor Island Schools Announce Distance Learning to Start School Year: Public schools on Kaua‘i, Hawaiʻi Island, and Maui County – with the exception of Moloka‘i schools and Hāna High & Elementary – will transition to full distance learning for the first four weeks of the 2020-21 school year.
Start Date for Students Currently Stands at Aug. 17: The Hawaiʻi Board of Education on Thursday night (July 30, 2020) voted to postpone the start of the school year by two weeks to Aug. 17th. The board postponed action on a separate motion that sought to waive the statutory law that requires 180 days of instruction, and will revisit the matter at a later date.
University of Hawaiʻi Encourages Online Instruction in Fall: At the University of Hawaiʻi, Faculty across the 10 campus system, including UH Maui College in Kahului, are requested to assess any current requirements for on-campus instruction to determine if those instructional components can be moved online. Similarly, students are asked to review and revise their fall course schedules to take all or as many courses online as possible, while staying on-track for on-time achievement of their degree or certificate.
Kamehameha Maui Campus Announces Full Distance Learning Through Fall Break: The Kamehameha Maui campus transitions to a full distance learning program through Fall Break, which is Oct. 2-9, 2020. The move to distance learning began after three days of hybrid or blended learning had already begun. Head of School Dr. Scott Parker said elevated COVID-19 cases in different parts of the state have justifiably caused concern and required a quick pivot in response to changing conditions.
PREVIOUS CASE COUNTS:
• 8.14.20: 233 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i (218 O‘ahu, 9 Maui, 5 Hawai‘i Island, 1 Kaua‘i)
• 8.13.20: BREAKING: 355 New COVID-19 Cases (O‘ahu 343, Maui 7, Hawai‘i Island 4, Kaua‘i 1)
• 8.12.20: 202 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i (O‘ahu 197, Kaua‘i 2, Hawai‘i Island 2, Maui 1)
• 8.11.20: 118 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i (112 O‘ahu, 4 Maui, 1 Hawai‘i Island)
• 8.10.20: Three More Deaths, 140 New COVID-19 Cases (138 on Oʻahu, one each on Maui & Kauaʻi)
• 8.9.20: 152 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i (O‘ahu 147, Big Island 3, Maui 1, Kaua‘i 1)
• 8.8.20: 231 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i, One More Death
• 8.7.20: 201 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawaii, First time Daily Count is Over 200
• 8.6.20: UPDATE: 152 New COVID-19 Cases in Hawai‘i; “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
COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS IN HAWAI‘I: (Currently stands at 40)
- (Aug. 13) Two O‘ahu men, both over 60-years-old are the latest COVID-19 related deaths in Hawai‘i.
- (Aug. 12) There were four deaths reported on Aug. 12. The deaths of two of the men, both over 60-years-old, were made public on Aug. 11, but included in case counts for Aug. 12. The other two deaths are men 40-59 years old, at least one of whom had underlying health conditions. Investigations into all of the deaths are ongoing.
- (Aug. 10) Three new COVID-19 related deaths were reported. According to data compiled by the state Department of Health, all are on the island of O‘ahu. The department also reports the 32nd, 33rd and 34th COVID-19 deaths. One is an elderly O‘ahu female, and the two others are elderly O‘ahu men, one who had underlying health conditions. The deaths continue to be under investigation.
- (Aug.7) An O‘ahu man, older than 60, who passed away on Aug. 7. His death is being recorded as the 31st since the pandemic began.
- (Aug. 6) *Case removed from count. An elderly female, with underlying medical conditions, had been a resident at a Pearl City nursing home, but then was hospitalized. (This case has since been removed from the tally. Her attending physician assessed she likely died from an underlying condition).
- (Aug. 6) An elderly man, also with underlying health issues, was also in the hospital when he died.
- (July 27) A Honolulu man with underlying medical conditions has died. Department of Health officials say the man was in the 40 to 59-year-old age group and had tested positive for COVID-19. 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.
- (July 23) State officials extended condolences to the family and friends of the 26th person to succumb to coronavirus, an elderly O‘ahu woman. Her death was reported to DOH late Wednesday, July 22 and was included in the July 23rd recap.
- (July 22) An Oʻahu man, between 40-59 years-of-age was the state’s 25th COVID-19 related death. The death was reported late Tuesday, June 21. This was the fourth COVID-19 death in this age group.
- (July 17) An elderly O‘ahu woman, with underlying medical conditions, was the 24th death due to coronavirus for Hawai‘i. The woman died on Thursday, July 16, and her passing was reported the following day.
- (July 17) Hawaiʻi reported a 23rd COVID-19 related death involving an elderly Oʻahu resident who had been isolating at home with family. The state Department of Health confirms that the individual was a man over the age of 60 who had an underlying health condition.
- (July 11-12 weekend) One patient was an elderly Kaua‘i resident who died out of state, in Arizona over the July 11-12 weekend. Health officials say the man had been receiving treatment for several months for underlying medical conditions.
- (July 12) A female died in an O‘ahu hospital Sunday morning, July 12, and had previously been a resident of a care home.
- (July 7) An elderly O‘ahu man with underlying medical issues died July 7th. State health officials say the man’s death was added today after a review of his health history and discussions with his primary care physician.
- (July 3) An elderly patient on O‘ahu who was hospitalized with multiple underlying health issues.
- (June 26) An elderly Honolulu man was the 18th death in Hawai‘i due to the coronavirus. The last reported death prior to this was on May 3, one-and-a-half months earlier.
- (May 3) The 17th death is a woman, over the age of 60 on Maui, with underlying medical conditions. She had been in the hospital at Maui Memorial Medical Center since late February. Her infection occurred in mid-April. “COVID-19 is not believed to be the primary cause of death, due to her other serious illnesses, but may have been a contributing factor to her passing,” health officials said.
- (April 27) The 16th death is an Oʻahu woman who is over 65-years-old and had underlying conditions and had been hospitalized since early April.
- (April 26) An O‘ahu man, over the age of 65, with underlying health conditions passed away on April 26. He had been in the hospital since early March and his infection was presumed to be community associated.
- (April 24) The Hawai‘i Department of Health reported the 13th and 14th deaths associated with COVID-19 in the state. One is an O‘ahu man who had been hospitalized since the beginning of April, was over 65-years-old, and had underlying medical conditions. He had a history of travel to Las Vegas in March. The other is also an O‘ahu man, over 65-years-old, who’d also been hospitalized recently and also had underlying health conditions. His infection was the result of community-associated spread.
- (April 20) The Hawai‘i Dept. of Health reports that two additional coronavirus related deaths occurred on April 20, bringing the total in the state to 12 since tracking began on Feb. 28, 2020. The deaths occurred on O‘ahu and on Maui and both were men, 65-years-old, or older. On Maui, the man who passed had underlying health conditions. He had been in the hospital at Maui Memorial Medical Center since late last year, according to state Health officials. This person’s death is considered related to the MMMC cluster.
- (April 19) The fourth Maui case was confirmed on April 19, and was an adult male from Washington state in the 40-59-year age group who had no previous medical conditions. State health officials say the man’s exposure history may be travel-related. The man had been hospitalized for an extended period in serious condition at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
- (April 11) A woman, over 65-years-old is the ninth death from COVID-19. State officials say she had underlying medical conditions and had tested positive for the virus when she was hospitalized on O‘ahu.
- (April 7) A third death in Maui County reportedly occurred on April 7, but was reported in the state count on Friday, April 10. The third case involved an elderly individual who was in the chronic care unit.
- (April 8) The second Maui death was announced on Wednesday, April 8, and was an unattended death. The person who passed was identified as an adult male resident over the age of 65.
- (April 6) Maui reported its first COVID-19 related death on Monday, April 6, of an adult male over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions and exposure to travelers.
- (April 4) An East O‘ahu adult male, over 65-years-old, is the 4th person to die from COVID-19. The individual passed on April 4, and based on preliminary information, this case was travel-related in that the person may have been exposed to someone who had traveled. He had been hospitalized.
- (April 3) The Hawaiʻi Department of Health reported the death of a third individual with COVID-19. The elderly Oʻahu resident had been hospitalized in critical condition on life support for several weeks after returning from travel to Washington state.
- (April 2) Hawaiʻi officials confirm a second COVID-19 related death in the state.
- (March 30). Governor David Ige offered condolences to the family of an individual, as the state reported it’s first death linked to the COVID-19 virus. The individual passed away on March 20 and was identified as an older adult male resident of Oʻahu who was hospitalized with multiple medical issues and did have a positive COVID-19 exposure, according to state Health officials. The presumptive positive result came back from a private lab.
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