Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2023|
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One new death from COVID-19 was reported for Hawaii County this week by the state Department of Health.
The woman was over the age of 80 and was not hospitalized. She did have an underlying condition.
Since the pandemic began in 2020, the death toll for Hawaii County has reached 255 people.
The statewide death toll has climbed to 1,921 people since the start of the pandemic.
Statewide, the DOH reported five new deaths over the last week.
The DOH reports deaths once they are provided the official cause of death, which in some cases can take weeks or even months to determine.
The latest variant report from the DOH released Aug. 3 confirmed that the omicron subvariant XBB.1.16 is now the new dominant strain throughout Hawaii County, accounting for 31% of all analyzed cases.
Known as the “Arcturus” variant, XBB.1.16 is considered a Variant Under Monitoring by the World Health Organization, which also noted that so far, disease severity is not higher compared to previous variants.
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