COVID-19 Testing

Another two COVID-19 deaths have been reported today by the Department of Health (DOH) pushing the death toll to 31 fatalities. 

Both victims were male O‘ahu residents. One of the men was between 40-59 years old and the other over 60 years old with both of them having suffered from underlying medical conditions. 

“We send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the latest victims of this terrible disease. Their passing’s are a stark reminder of the realities today. Unfortunately, we are going to see more and more casualties as the surge of cases over the last few weeks continues and, sadly, more and more families and neighborhoods will experience the loss of loved ones,” Health Director Bruce Anderson said.

Another 201 COVID-19 cases, 200 of which are on O‘ahu and 1 on Mau‘i, have also been reported sparking concern about O‘ahu’s Intensive Care Unit capacity as beds are filling up quickly.

Anderson said that due to O‘ahu hospitals filling quickly, patients are being transferred and new units are being opened to handle the surge in numbers. 

These case counts and deaths are following the reinstatement of inter-island travel quarantine protocols and a new “Act with Care” order that has closed parks and beaches to encourage avoiding high risk activities. 

“We all need to act now. Avoid crowded places, closed spaces and close contact. Your life and the lives of your loved ones and friends will depend on it,” Anderson said. 

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