Coronavirus: DOH reports 277 new cases, with 2 additional fatalities


HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Department of Health reported 277 new cases of COVID-19 on Aug. 26 for the state: 245 cases are from Honolulu County, 23 cases are from Hawaii County and 8 cases are from Maui County. The cumulative state total is now 7,260. DOH also reported two additional coronavirus-related deaths. The state death toll stands at 51.

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Both are O‘ahu men who were in the hospital and had underlying health conditions. One of the men was in the 50 to 59-year-old age group, and the other was in the 60 to 69-year-old group. 

Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson extended statewide condolences to the family and friends of the latest people to pass from COVID-19. “The tragic loss of our loved ones and our neighbors is devastating and sadly, more deaths are expected as our case numbers continue to be high. We can work together to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by consistently practicing the 3W’s (wash your hands, watch your distance, wear your mask), and abiding by all State and County restrictions currently in place. We all can do our part to get the infection rate across Hawai‘i back under control,” he said. 

Commenting on the increasing activity on the two Neighbor Islands, State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said, “Along with our county partners, we are closely monitoring these trends. We have concerns that ongoing gatherings, especially with inconsistent mask use or distancing, are contributing.” On Hawai‘i island two recent large gatherings are of particular concern: a beach gathering and a large funeral. Social media videos from the funeral showed people not physically distancing or wearing masks. More than 500 tests have been reportedly administered to people who attended the funeral with additional testing planned. 

Clusters on Maui include cases at an assisted living facility and new cases associated with a hospital.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of change to current time, August 26, 2020     

Island of Diagnosis     New Cases     Reported since     2/28/2020     (including new cases)     
O‘ahu     245 6,626++ 
Hawai‘i     23 243 
Maui    308 
Kauai    56 
HI residents diagnosed outside of HI    24 
Total Cases     277 7,260 
Deaths     51 

++As a result of updated information, one case from O‘ahu was removed from the counts. 

Hospitalization count as of 8/25/20 at 5:30 pm: 10-Hawai‘i,30-Maui, 251-O‘ahu, 0-Kaua‘i   

Laboratory* Testing Data     

There were 2,518 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting. 

Total Number of Individuals Tested     by Clinical and State Laboratories     Positive     Negative     
185,675**     7,260 178,391   

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting **24 test results were inconclusive     

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