DOH reports 27 new cases of COVID-19, including Hawaii’s second death

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HONOLULU (KHON) — The Department of Health reported 27 new cases of COVID-19: 24 on Oahu, 1 on Maui, and 2 pending. This brings the state total to 285.

The DOH confirmed on Thursday that one of the new cases has died. This is the second COVID-19 casualty in Hawaii, the first of which was reported on March 31st.

The DOH released this statement: “The Department of Health is confirming a second death of an adult on Oahu who tested positive for COVID-19.  The individual was hospitalized and passed last night.”

Governor Ige released the following statement after the news broke:

“Today, our community received the tragic news of the passing of a second Hawai‘i resident from the COVID-19 virus. Dawn and I express our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.

As we come together with expressions of sympathy and support – we must also remember to help each other, to protect your health and the health of loved ones and your community. Let’s all do our part to get Hawai‘i through this challenging time.”

Initially the DOH reported two of the new cases required hospitalization, but they have since revised their report to say that none of the new cases did. Three new recoveries were also reported, for a total of 72 thus far.

Here is an in-depth breakdown:

  • Hawaii County: 18
  • Honolulu: 206
  • Kauai: 12
  • Maui: 27
  • Pending/Unknown: 20
  • HI Residents Diagnosed outside of HI: 2
  • Required Hospitalization: 15
  • Deaths: 2
  • Released from isolation: 72

Earlier today, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide exceeded one million.

Hawaii Department of Health director Dr. Bruce Anderson said globally, every 100 cases sees about five or six deaths. Hawaii’s numbers still sit below the global average, but he said we’re not in the clear yet.

Late this afternoon, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino confirmed a Molokai resident also tested positive for COVID-19. The Molokai patient was flown to Oahu for treatment. Mayor Victorino said the man had recently traveled to Las Vegas.

The majority of Hawaii’s cases have been travel-related and although Hawaii has seen a huge decrease in visitor numbers, Lt. Governor Dr. Josh Green said we won’t know if we’re flattening the curve for at least another week.

“We’re one week out from the shut down of travel to Hawaii and when we get all those tests in then we’ll know exactly what curve we’re looking at,” he said.

Lt. Gov Dr. Green is warning Hawaii residents that now is the time to stay indoors.

“It happens so fast,” he said. “If we can get through this month, where it dies out and it doesn’t have any people to spread to, then we win. If we don’t get through the month and we let it go crazy then we’ll be looking just like New York and we’ll have 2,000 patients more than we have ventilators for.”

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