COVID death toll rises, but cases continue to drop

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald file photo Hannah Canosa organizes COVID-19 home tests and N95 masks to giveaway in April at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

The death toll of those who died from COVID-19 increased statewide and in Hawaii County this week, in-part due to the omicron variant wave that struck Hawaii earlier this year.