Aug. 30, 2021 COVID-19 Update: 720 New Cases in Hawai'i | Maui Now .

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Maui police have confirmed the there are 60-shelves within the Forensic Facility Morgue. As of Aug. 27, 2021, 18 spaces within the Morgue were occupied. Maui County has a 40-foot refrigerated container with a 40-shelf capacity for morgue overflow body storage. The County container was purchased in early 2020 to increase the morgue capacity in general, but also in response to COVID-19, according to Maui Police Department spokesperson Alana Pico. County of Maui Forensic Facility, photo by Wendy Osher.

There were 720 additional COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i on Monday. The latest data represents an average of 913 cases per day for the state over the past seven days, and a total of 10,946 “active” cases over two weeks. This spike in cases comes amid a rise in cases involving the Delta variant.

This count does not include any cases from the backlog created by the recent error in laboratory reporting. That backlog was cleared on Sunday. The 720 cases reported today represent the highest count ever reported on a Monday. It is also the 10th consecutive Monday that case counts have increased. Officials from the state Department of Health say, “We continue to trend in the wrong direction.”

Of today’s 720 cases, there were 688 cases identified as confirmed, and 32 probable cases were added to the count. The confirmed cases included: 443 on O‘ahu (+25 probable); 135 on Hawai‘i Island (+4 probable); 72 on Maui (+1 probable); 33 on Kaua‘i (+1 probable); and five in Hawai‘i residents diagnosed while out of state (+1 probable).

Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 deaths remained unchanged at 589, with no new deaths reported today.

Today’s COVID case count includes all cases from the regular 24-hour reporting cycle that ended at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

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In Maui County, there is an average of 87 new cases with a 6.8% test positivity rate over 14 days. This marks a 24% increase from Aug. 15 to Aug. 28, 2021. For every 100,000 residents in Maui County, there have been an average of 52.0 newly reported cases per day over the last seven days.

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Statewide, there were 418 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, according to Lt. Gov. Josh Green. This is up +151% from the 165 hospitalizations reported on Aug. 5, 2021. The state’s positivity rate is now at 8%.

There are a total of 23 individuals hospitalized in Maui County with COVID-19, (20 are unvaccinated and three are vaccinated) according to counts last updated on Aug. 30, 2021, from Maui Health. Of that number, five COVID patients are in the ICU and two are on ventilators.

Maui police have confirmed the there are 60-shelves within the Forensic Facility Morgue. As of Aug. 27, 2021, 18 spaces within the Morgue were occupied. Maui County has a 40-foot refrigerated container with a 40-shelf capacity for morgue overflow body storage. The County container was purchased in early 2020 to increase the morgue capacity in general, but also in response to COVID-19, according to Maui Police Department spokesperson Alana Pico.

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*Note on ICU capacity:The Maui hospital needs to have adequate ICU nurses to care for the ICU patients that are in beds and will staff up and down based on need. This means that although beds are listed as still “available,” staffing would be needed to accommodate occupancy. According to Maui Health, capacity and staffing statistics are not static numbers, and are constantly shifting throughout a 24 hour period, with staffing based on census/capacity.

Hospital executives acknowledged that the recent surge in COVID cases is taking a toll on the hospital and that more staff is needed. Twenty FEMA nurses were due to arrive last week, with more arriving this week.

Through Aug. 30, 2021, an estimated 1,863,219 doses of vaccine have been administered statewide. The state’s total population is 1,415,857. The DOH reports that 71.4% of the state population has had one dose of vaccination, and 63.1% have completed full vaccination. On Maui, the DOH reports that 66% of the total population in Maui County has initiated a vaccine, while 56% have completed a full course of vaccination.

As case counts have escalated, Hawaiʻi has experienced an increase in the number of vaccine doses administered. During the past seven days the number of vaccine doses reported to have been administered has grown from 1,820,538 to 1,848,431. That is an increase of 27,893 doses over the past seven days. The weekly vaccine count has increased for four consecutive weeks as shown below:

  • Aug. 21-27: 27,893 doses
  • Aug. 14-20: 23,136 doses
  • Aug. 7-13: 22,842 doses
  • July 31 – Aug. 6: 20,006 doses
  • July 24 – 30: 14,670 doses

Vaccination Requirement Announcements:

  • State & County Workers: On Thursday, Aug. 5, Governor David Ige announced that all state and county employees are required to provide their vaccination status to their department, office or agency. If they cannot provide proof of vaccination by Aug. 16, they will be subject to regular COVID-19 testing.
  • State House Members: Also on Aug. 5, the state House announced it would be implementing a vaccine requirement for members and staff by Sept. 30, 2021.
  • Student Athletes, Staff, Volunteers: On Wednesday, Aug. 4, the state Department of Education announced all student-athletes, athletic staff and volunteers will need to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 24, 2021, to participate in school-sanctioned athletic activities for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Three Hawaiʻi banks: Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank and Territorial Savings Bank–announced that effective Sept. 30, they will require employees to show proof of full vaccination or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Hawaiʻi State Federal Credit Union is the latest to announce it will require all of its 369 employees on Oʻahu and Maui to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Oct. 1, 2021.
  • Maui Healthcare Providers Join in Announcing COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: Kīhei-Wailea Medical Center and Maui Medical Group have joined Maui Health, which includes Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lānaʻi Community Hospital, in mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for all eligible employees and providers. All health care entities will follow their company vaccine mandate policy, which will include exemptions for a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief that prohibits someone from receiving the vaccine.
  • DOE to Implement Weekly COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Employees, Volunteers: If an employee can certify and provide proof of full vaccination, the employee will not be subject to the weekly testing requirement. This requirement applies to all HIDOE employees, including salaried and casuals/substitutes, as well as volunteers.

Of the 6,260 confirmed cases documented in Maui County over the course of the pandemic, Kahului has the most current infections on island over the past two weeks with 257 cases, followed by Wailuku with 240, and Lahaina with 208 current infections. The three locations have entered the 200+ mark for active infections.

Kīhei has 153 cases, followed by Makawao with 117. The two locations are included in the dark blue category (51-200 cases) on DOH mapping.

Areas in the medium blue category (11-50 cases over two weeks) include: Haʻikū with 48 cases, Kula with 47 cases, Spreckelsville with 33 cases, and Hāna with 17 cases.

Other areas of Maui Island have low rates of infection ranging from 0-10 cases over two weeks. The new cases today bring the cumulative total of cases to 62,949 (confirmed and probable) statewide, reported since Feb. 28, 2020.

The cumulative total of cases in Maui County is 6,260 confirmed cases over the course of the pandemic. To date, there have been 123 confirmed cases on the island Molokaʻi, 128 on Lāna‘i and 6,009 on Maui.

There are 6,260 confirmed cases documented in Maui County over the course of the pandemic, plus an additional 1,368 probable cases, bringing the total cases attributed to the county to 7,628.

The state Department of Health has now lumped the probable and actual cases classified by zip code. The new totals are: Kahului (1703), followed by Wailuku (1544), Lahaina (1474), Kīhei (1097), Makawao (511), Haʻikū (278), Kula (203), Molokaʻi (159), Lānaʻi (131), Spreckelsville (121), and Hāna (43).

Cluster report: Updated Weekly (Aug. 19, 2021)

The state Department of Health released its updated weekly cluster report, detailing information on COVID-19 cases in certain settings.

The cluster report, which covers the period through Aug. 19, 2021, identified 21 active clusters in Maui County. There’s five clusters each in occupational settings and travel/lodging/tourism; two clusters each in educational settings, social gatherings and “other” locations; and once cluster each in a correctional facility, food supplier restaurant, construction/industrial site and a gym.

The report does not show how many of the infected individuals have recovered. While general categories have been identified, health officials have said that they don’t typically identify specific locations of clusters unless there is an “imminent health threat.”

To date, there have been 589 COVID-19 related deaths in Hawaiʻi including: 455 on Oʻahu, 69 in Maui County, 59 on Hawaiʻi Island, three on Kauaʻi and three deaths in residents diagnosed while out-of-state including one of an elderly Kaua‘i resident who died out of state, in Arizona, and another involving a male between the ages of 60-69 years old with underlying medical conditions who had been incarcerated out of state and died at a hospital.

Scroll down for a list of prior COVID-19 related deaths.

QUARANTINE UPDATES:

Vaccination Exemption for Mainland Travelers to Hawaiʻi Begins July 8

  • Beginning July 8, 2021, the state is now accepting proof of vaccination through the Safe Travels program, for domestic travel including trans-Pacific travelers vaccinated in the US and traveling from the continental US, Alaska and the US territories to Hawaiʻi.

Hawai‘i Inter-County Travel Restrictions Lifted June 15

  • On Tuesday, June 15, the state of Hawaiʻi ended restrictions on inter-county travel. “There will be no testing and no quarantine requirements for inter-county travel,” said Gov. Ige. All inter-island travel restrictions were dropped. Those who are in quarantine will not be able to travel.
  • Also beginning on June 15, a quarantine exemption went into effect for incoming travelers to the state who are verified to have been vaccinated in Hawaiʻi. If travelers have been vaccinated in Hawaiʻi, and the state can verify that, they are now able to bypass quarantine without a pre-travel test when returning to Hawaiʻi from the mainland.

Hawai‘i Mask Mandate Lifted for Outdoors

As of May 25, 2021, Hawaiʻi’s mask mandate has been lifted for outdoors, but remains in place for indoors. When outdoors, people are still encouraged to mask up when in large groups of 10 people or more. Governor David Ige also announced he is lifting the suspension on ocean sports competitions as of June 1 to allow events such as surfing, canoe paddling, and swimming.

Maui Mandatory Secondary Test Upon Arrival for Trans-Pacific Flights Ends June 4, 2021

The post arrival rapid testing at Kahului Airport concluded on June 4 after one full month of operation. Since the program began on May 4, there were just five confirmed positive tests out of the more than 110,000 post-arrival tests conducted. Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said the program cost the county between $2.5-$2.7 million, but in the same breath, has provided important information on the source of variant transmission as well as the mindfulness of community spread.

22nd COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation; and Maui County Public Health Emergency Rules Available online

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