11 new cases of COVID-19; 2 community but not “widespread”


HONOLULU (KHON) — The Department of Health confirmed today that there are 11 new cases of coronavirus in the state, 10 on Oahu and 1 on Kauai, totaling 37 positive COVID-19 cases in Hawaii as of 12:00 pm today.

Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson confirmed that two of the cases show evidence of community spread, as they had no history of travel. However, the DOH stated there is no evidence of widespread community spread at this time.

KHON2 asked state health officials if any of the cases so far have reached the “recovered” threshold. Officials responded by saying that they “are aware of a few that have recovered or are recovering.”

Another case is the first report of an infected child in the state. This child is a student at Hawaii Baptist Academy, according to the school’s president.

“As many worldwide, we too have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily. We recently received word that one of our families who traveled to the continental U.S. tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return to Oahu on March 15. This family includes one student. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we cannot share specific details, other than the fact that the family has been in isolation at home since their return and seem to be recovering nicely. The family will be allowed to return to school once they have been cleared by their doctor. Our hearts and prayers are with the family during their recovery.”

The DOH also confirmed that more than a thousand tests have been administered, but the exact number is still being compiled.

The island-by-island totals as of now:

  • Hawaii: 1
  • Oahu: 28
  • Kauai: 3
  • Maui: 5

Yesterday, the number of cases jumped by 10, including state senator Clarence Nishihara, actor Daniel Dae Kim, and a medical worker at Tripler Army Medical Center.

This is a developing story. We will update it as more details emerge.

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