VIRUS TRACKER – Nov. 22: 123 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 Deaths

Health officials recorded 123 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Sunday, including 97 on Oahu, 14 on Hawaii island, four on Maui and six on Kauai. Two more Hawaii residents were diagnosed out-of-state, according to the Department of Health.

There were seven additional deaths reported, all on Oahu. There have been 1,336 new cases in the past two weeks, including a cluster of 50 reported Saturday at the Waiawa Correctional Facility. The statewide positivity rate is down to 2%.

Reporting Lag

Civil Beat’s virus tracker is updated when the state releases its daily numbers. The state posts new data daily at noon. The cases in the daily reports reflect laboratory results collected up until midnight two days prior, which means there is a 36-hour lag between when results are submitted to the Department of Health and when the state reports them publicly.

The COVID-19 case reports are based on test results from laboratories statewide. The numbers include lab results from both residents and tourists. Since March, 94% of cases diagnosed in the islands have been among residents and 7% have required hospitalization.

Civil Beat calculates at least 250 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 is 233. County officials are usually the first to announce local cases and fatalities.

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.

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