HONOLULU (KHON2) — Maui County had the most COVID-19 cluster cases statewide in the last two weeks, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health’s weekly report.

In the report released on Thursday, March 18, the Vally Isle saw a total of 217 cases, with the highest numbers associated with correctional facilities.

Below is a chart of COVID-19 clusters in Maui County that were investigated in the last 14 days.

(Courtesy: Hawaii State Department of Health)

Maui Mayor Michael Victorino expressed his disappointment and frustration after receiving the DOH report of 41 new COVID-19 cases in Maui County, which was higher than Oahu’s.

Thursday’s cluster report revealed that the majority of cases were attributed to a new cluster of 24 cases in a place of worship. Eight new cases were associated with an education setting, additional infections in a cleaning company cluster, and there were two new clusters from bars and nightclubs.

“This is quite different from the community-wide spread we witnessed after the holiday season,” said Victorino. “This pattern suggests groups of people have become complacent and are not following public health guidelines. Although vaccines are here, herd immunity is still months away. Please continue to wear masks in public and avoid gathering in groups.”

Despite the increase in cases, Victorino said he is hesitant to order more restrictions.

“That would harm residents and businesses because the irresponsible behavior seems to be confined to specific settings,” he said.

However, Victorino continues to assess the situation with the County’s medical advisers.

Alice Lee, Maui council chair, said the uptick was attributed to clusters and cases within the same household, a church service, a social gathering and employees in close contact with one another.

“The Council is very concerned about the increase in cases, however, we are very pleased that our allotment and distribution of the vaccine has ramped up in the last few weeks, and there are multiple sites to obtain the shots,” Lee said in an email.

On Oahu, a total of 38 cases were investigated in the last 14 days, mostly tied to social gatherings and some associated with restaurants.

(Courtesy: Hawaii State Department of Health)

On the Big Island, only seven cases in one cluster were investigated in the last 14 days. The exposure category “Other Occupational Settings” includes offices, retail establishments and first responders.

(Courtesy: Hawaii State Department of Health)

On Kauai, no COVID-19 clusters were under investigation in last 14 days.

Health officials want to remind the public that most COVID-19 cases cannot be linked to a specific setting or cluster. The charts above summarize clusters that have been identified through statewide case investigation and contact tracing efforts.

The clusters are actively under investigation during the specified reporting week. Also, the same cluster may be included in multiple reports from week to week if a new case has been identified within 14 days of the date the report was finalized.