Were Americans dying at higher rates prior to COVID-19 officially being tested? That’s what a new CDC data tracker aims to find out.
The interactive website shows Hawaii’s death count was 4.4 percent higher than normal the week of Feb. 15. That’s only about 1 person higher than the expected death rate, as Hawaii’s death rate is usually about 30 people each day.
Hawaii didn’t have a COVID-19 death recorded until March 31.
Overall from January through April, Hawaii’s death count is lower than normal, coming in at just 92 percent of what was expected even without COVID-19.