DOH reports 355 new COVID-19 cases

The state Department of Health has reported 355 new cases of COVID-19 today, the highest single-day count reported since the start of the pandemic.

At least 86 newly diagnosed cases are part of an existing cluster at the Oahu Community Correctional Facility, according to the DOH.

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Health investigators say at least 116 cases are attributed to OCC, with 24 staff and 92 inmates testing positive for the virus.

The state and City and County of Honolulu are working with the Institute for Human Services Sumner Men’s Shelter in Iwilei to isolate and quarantine individuals at the shelter, with 20 cases under investigation.

The DOH also is continuing its investigation into a cluster of cases at Honolulu Hale, which now totals 11 individuals, who may have been infected during gatherings at offices during breaks or social get-togethers, according to employees who have been interviewed.

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The deaths of two Oahu men, both over 60, brings the number of COVID-19 deaths to 40, the DOH said.

“With the virus actively being spread throughout the community on Oahu, congregate settings like prisons and institutions are at increased risk of introduction and should prepare as the Department of Public Safety and IHS have done,” state Health Director Bruce Anderson said. “These agencies were ready and stepped into action quickly, working with the DOH on control and prevention measures to protect those at risk and the community. We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the latest people to succumb to this disease.”

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