DOH: 403 new COVID-19 cases statewide, 68 on Big Island

The state Department of Health today reported 403 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Hawaii, including 68 new infections on the Big Island.

An average of 393 new cases have been reported daily Sept. 16-22.

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Hawaii County now has a 5.7% test positivity rate compared to a 4.8% positivity rate statewide.

In the past 14 days, 256 infections have been reported in Hilo and 240 have been reported in Kailua-Kona.

During that same time period, 56 cases have been reported in the Captain Cook, Ocean View and Honaunau areas; 104 in Pahoa; and 90 in Keaau.

Nine additional deaths also were reported today.

On Hawaii Island a woman, 60-69, and two men, ages 50-59 and over 80, had been hospitalized.

On Oahu, four women, ages 20-29, 30-39, 60-69 and over 80, also were hospitalized, while two men, ages 20-29 and 60-69, died at home.

All nine individuals had underlying conditions.

According to the DOH, 67.2% of Hawaii’s population has now been fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus and 75.6% have received at least one dose.

In Hawaii County, 64% of residents are fully inoculated while 75% 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 1-3 p.m. today at Pahoa District Park and 1-5 p.m. at Kona Community Aquatic Center in Kailua-Kona.

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

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