DOH: 588 new COVID-19 cases statewide, 96 on Big Island

The state Department of Health today reported 588 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Hawaii, including 96 new infections on the Big Island.

An average of 589 new cases have been reported daily Sept. 8-14.

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Hawaii County now has a 6.9% test positivity rate compared to a 6.6% positivity rate statewide.

In the past 14 days, 301 infections have been reported in Hilo and 354 have been reported in Kailua-Kona.

During that same time period, 67 cases have been reported in Waimea; 52 in Kealakekua; 57 in the Captain Cook, Ocean View and Honaunau areas; 95 in Pahoa; and 92 in Keaau.

The DOH reported eight additional COVID-related deaths today.

A Hawaii Island woman over 80 was hospitalized.

On Oahu, a woman 30-39 was hospitalized and woman over 80 died at home, while a woman 40-49 was not hospitalized at the time of her death. Three men, ages 50-59, 60-69 and over 80, were hospitalized, and one man, 60-69, died at home.

According to the DOH, 65.9% of Hawaii’s population has now been fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus and 74.3% have received at least one dose.

In Hawaii County, 62% of residents are fully inoculated while 74% have received at least one dose.

A partial list of vaccination sites can be found online at bit.ly/BigIslandvaccines

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Testing is available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo and noon to 2 p.m. at the Pahala Community Center in Pahala.

More testing opportunities can be found online at bit.ly/HawaiiCOVIDtesting.