Local hospital administrators warned lawmakers on Friday that Hawaii could see a wave of COVID-19 infections in 2021 double the size of the surge the state experienced this summer.
The Queen’s Health Systems is projecting that hospital admissions will double in the new year if current case trends continue, from more than 200 admissions per month to as many as 450 new admissions in January.
More than half of all diagnosed cases to date in Hawaii have been among people under 40 years old. But people over the age of 40 make up roughly 84% of all hospitalizations. So far, 14 people under the age of 17 have been hospitalized in Hawaii with the virus.
Civil Beat calculates at least 239 people have died from the disease in Hawaii including 17 deaths on Hawaii island that have not been recorded yet by the Department of Health due to medical verification lags. The statewide official death toll remains 222.
There have been 1,454 new cases reported statewide in the last two weeks. Health officials use the number of cases reported in the past 14 days as a rough approximation of the number of active cases, or people who could still be infectious.
The daily case numbers are based on test results from laboratories statewide. The numbers include lab results from both residents and tourists. Since March, 95% of cases diagnosed in the islands have been among residents.
Statewide, health officials have recorded an average of 99 new cases daily during the past week.
The health department is now providing weekly reports about situations where the virus has spread to multiple people.
For more information, check this Hawaii Department of Health COVID-19 site or this state site, and the Hawaii Data Collaborative COVID-19 Tracking site. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency also provides this comprehensive dashboard.
Daily Case Count
* The current case numbers and test positivity rate may not correlate with the metrics set for a specific tier as the county must spend at least four consecutive weeks in a tier and meet the metrics for the next tier before advancing, according to the reopening plan. More information of the City and County of Honolulu’s reopening strategy as well as details of the restrictions of Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 can be found at oneoahu.org
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