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Hawai‘i COVID-19 Cases

News Release from Hawaii DoH, September 21, 2020

On 9/21/2020, the Hawai‘i Department of Health reported 56 new positive cases. There are 7 new cases on Hawai‘i Island and 49 on O‘ahu for a cumulative total of 11,459 cases statewide (reported since 2/28/2020).

A total of 282,580 individuals have been tested in the state. (1,162 new tests)

56 / 1,162 = 4.8% positive

Detailed information and data about COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i is available at:

Latest Cases in Hawai'i | Current Situation in Hawai'i  | COVID-19 Data DashboardTracking COVID-19

LATEST CASES IN HAWAI‘I

MORE DETAILS 

Total cases:11459 (56 new)

Hawai’i County:651

Honolulu County:10338

Kaua’i County:57

Maui County:385†

Pending:0

Residents diagnosed outside of Hawai‘i:28

Required Hospitalization:735‡ (5 new hospitalizations)

Hawaii deaths:120 (no new deaths)

Released from Isolation:4888§ (129 new releases)

Cumulative totals as of 12:00pm, September 21, 2020

†One case is a Lanai resident whose exposure is on Maui Island and who will be remaining on Maui Island for the interim.

‡Includes Hawaii residents hospitalized out of state.

§Includes cases that meet isolation release criteria (Isolation should be maintained until at least 3 days (72 hours) after resolution of fever and myalgia without the use of antipyretics OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, whichever is longer). (The cases that have died and one case that has left the jurisdiction have been removed from these counts).

Positive cases include presumptive and confirmed cases, and Hawaii residents and non-residents; data are preliminary and subject to change. Note that CDC provides case counts according to states of residence.

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HAWAI‘I COVID-19 JOINT INFORMATION CENTER 

DAILY NEWS DIGEST 

September 21, 2020 

 

 

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center: 

Two of Three Reports Released On COVID-19 Cluster & Deaths at State Veterans Home 

Two reports detailing in-depth assessments of conditions and protocols at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home (YOSVH) in Hilo, have been developed. The assessments were conducted separately by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA). The VA and HI-EMA assessment reports are attached with this release. 

 

The Dept. of Health’s (DOH) Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA) is preparing a report on its inspection of infection control measures based on State and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services standards and requirements. The OHCA inspection report is still undergoing internal review and will be shared soon after YOSVH receives it. The home is operated by Avalon Health Group, under contract to the State of Hawai‘i. 

 

Each of the two assessments highlights different observations, and in some cases places more emphasis on certain factors over others. Dr. K. Albert Yazawa, conducted the HI-EMA assessment and wrote, “I believe the nursing home culture at YOSHV was one that remained entrenched in pre-COVID norms of respecting individual resident rights over the health of the general population.” HI-EMA’s involvement was requested by the Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i and Dr. Yazawa collaborated closely with the VA assessment team. 

 

The VA report noted “There was very little proactive preparation/planning for COVID. Many practices observed seemed as if they were a result of recent changes. Even though these are improvements, these are things that should have been in place from the pandemic onset and a major contributing factor towards the rapid spread. A basic understanding of segregation and workflow seemed to be lacking even approximately 3 weeks after first positive.” 

 

“Staff were in-serviced on facility policies and procedures, but it appears there was no follow-up to ensure appropriate behaviors or enforcement,” according to the OHCA report; further noting, 

“The staff received education on COVID-19 Infection and Control during a meeting on June 10 to June 15, 2020.” That meeting included the Resident Screening Tool – keeping COVID out by detecting cases quickly and stopping transmission.” The HI-EMA assessment indicates in June full facility staff and resident mass testing was conducted and all tests came back negative. 

 

The VA team sent seven medical and health care experts to visit YOSVH on Sept. 11. At that time the team reported ten (10) residents had died from coronavirus and another 35 were positive.  

 

The Veterans Administration formed a 20-person “Tiger Team” to help implement recommendations, provide training and oversight, and to provide needed staffing support and respite, at YOSVH. Read the full news release here: 

https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/latest-news/hawaii-covid-19-joint-information-center-news-release-two-of-three-reports-released-on-cluster-deaths-at-state-veterans-home-sept-21-2020/ 

 

Department of Health: 

56 Cases Reported Today  

DOH is reporting 56 additional new cases of COVID-19, with the majority on O‘ahu. This is a second day of double-digit counts. No additional deaths were reported; however, more than 20 deaths are pending verification and classification. DOH is awaiting medical records and reports to verify these deaths prior to official reporting.  

 

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, Sept. 21, 2020     

Island of Diagnosis     

New Cases     

Reported since     

2/28/2020     

(including new cases)   

O‘ahu     

49 

10,338 

Hawai‘i     

651 

Maui    

370 

Kaua‘i    

57 

Moloka‘i     

15 

Lānaʻi 

HI residents diagnosed outside of HI    

28 

Total Cases     

56 

11,459 

Deaths     

120 

Hospitalization count as of 9/18/20 at 3:37 pm: 16-Hawai‘i, 2-Maui, 174-O‘ahu, 0-Kaua‘i   

 

Laboratory* Testing Data     

There were 8,692 additional COVID-19 tests reported via electronic laboratory reporting from the last report on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 

Total Number of Individuals Tested by Clinical and State Laboratories     

Positive 

Negative 

282,580** 

11,459 

271,097 

Total Number of Surge Tests++ 

 

 

56,257 

342 

55,915 

*Electronic Laboratory Reporting **24 test results were inconclusive     

++ Tests results from unique individuals. Total numbers may be higher due to repeat tests on single individuals. 

 

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, Sept. 20, 2020     

Island of Diagnosis     

New Cases     

Reported since     

2/28/2020     

(including new cases)   

O‘ahu     

71 

10,289 

Hawai‘i     

644 

Maui    

370 

Kaua‘i    

57 

Moloka‘i     

15 

Lānaʻi 

HI residents diagnosed outside of HI    

28 

Total Cases     

77 

11,403 

Deaths     

120 

 

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Counts as of 12:00 noon, Sept. 19, 2020     

Island of Diagnosis     

New Cases     

Reported since     

2/28/2020     

(including new cases)   

O‘ahu     

100 

10,218 

Hawai‘i     

639 

Maui    

369 

Kaua‘i    

57 

Moloka‘i     

15 

Lānaʻi 

HI residents diagnosed outside of HI    

28 

Total Cases     

110 

11,326++ 

Deaths     

120 

++As a result of updated information, one case from Honolulu was removed from the counts and one case from O‘ahu was re-categorized to Maui. 

Hawaiicovid19.com 

 

For more tables, charts and visualizations visit the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division: https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/what-you-should-know/current-situation-in-hawaii 

 

Helpful Resources 

 

  • Safe Travels Information (Frequently Asked Questions) 

 https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/#travel-FAQs 

 

 

  • Maui County
    Maui County mandatory travel declaration form and request for limited quarantine form: 

https://www.mauicounty.gov 

To report violators: (808) 244-6400 or mpdquarantine@mpd.net 

 

To report violators: 808-935-3311 

 

  • City & County of Honolulu 

    Honolulu COVID-19 webpage: 

oneoahu.org 

Interisland passengers arriving on O‘ahu are not subject to the mandatory quarantine.  

To report violators:808-723-3900 or HPDcovidenforce@honolulu.gov 

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