Hawaii Department of Health reports 4,075 new infections and 23 coronavirus-related deaths

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  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JAN. 17

    A COVID-19 test swab during testing at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

The Hawaii Department of Health today reported 4,075 new COVID-19 infections over the past week, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 325,944.

The state’s seven-day average of new cases was reported at 573, one less than the 574 reported on July 20. The DOH daily average reflects new cases per day from July 16 to July 22, which is a slew of days earlier than the number of new infections.

The DOH also reported 23 additional deaths, bringing the state’s coronavirus-related death toll to 1,571.

By island, 2,719 new infections were reported on Oahu, 542 on Hawaii, 527 on Maui, 176 on Kauai, 11 on Molokai and five on Lanai. Another 95 infections have been reported for out-of-state Hawaii residents.

The actual numbers are estimated to be at least five to six times higher because those numbers do not include results from the home test kit, DOH Director Dr. Elizabeth Char previously said.

The state’s average positivity rate, meanwhile, rose to 15.7% from 15.1% reported the previous week, representing tests performed between July 19 and July 25.

Average positivity rates for Kauai County rose this week to 19.9% ​​from 18.5% reported the previous week. Maui County’s average positivity rate rose to 17.8% from 14.7% the previous week.

There were 163 COVID patients in Hawaii hospitals today, according to the state’s dashboard, slightly higher than the 159 reported the previous week. Of the 163, 11 are in intensive care and seven on ventilators.

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