The state’s digital knowledge assortment system for COVID-19 circumstances has develop into overwhelmed by the variety of check outcomes that it’s attempting to course of. In consequence, state well being officers say they’ll cease processing unfavourable check outcomes starting right now.
The transfer ought to present a extra correct day by day rely of optimistic circumstances, however the change signifies that the state will be unable to calculate the case positivity price, which displays the day by day proportion of exams coming again optimistic. State epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble estimated that it might take two weeks to get the system functioning correctly once more.
The change has no impact on people who’re awaiting their check outcomes.
Kemble mentioned that the state might see a bump in case counts over the subsequent 4 to 5 days as delayed check outcomes are processed throughout the state’s surveillance system.
“That is the final wave of circumstances simply being stopped up a little bit bit, slowed down a little bit bit,” she mentioned.
The reporting glitches have made it tough to gauge the general development within the state’s COVID-19 circumstances. However Hawaii Division of Well being Director Dr. Libby Char mentioned that she doesn’t assume the state has entered a downward development but.
The Well being Division on Saturday reported 5,977 new cases, a brand new single-day report. The state has been experiencing jumps in new COVID-19 circumstances since December, shortly after the extra transmissible omicron variant of the coronavirus was detected in Hawaii.
The division additionally advised reporters Saturday that its contact tracers should not attempting to contact everybody who has examined optimistic for COVID-19 as a result of the case counts are too excessive. The state has reported about 48,000 circumstances prior to now two weeks.
As an alternative, contact tracers are specializing in cluster investigations in areas equivalent to colleges and long-term care services.
“It will be unrealistic to assume our 378 contact tracers might get in contact with all these folks. So, we’re specializing in offering common and setting-particular steerage, and on cluster investigations that may assist defend weak populations,” mentioned Kemble in a information launch.
The state’s COVID-19 case counts present a proxy quantity for energetic circumstances. The precise case counts are anticipated to be a lot larger as a result of residence exams should not reported and never everybody who has COVID-19 will get examined.
Char is advising the general public to put on well-fitting masks that ought to be saved on whereas close to anybody not in the identical family, keep away from massive crowds and isolate if COVID-19 signs are current or after potential publicity to the coronavirus.
Along with the 5,977 new confirmed and possible infections statewide, well being officers Saturday reported six new coronavirus-associated deaths, bringing the state’s totals for the reason that begin of the pandemic to 1,123 fatalities and 166,008 circumstances.
The newest fatalities had been recorded on Oahu.
The brand new single-day report broke a earlier excessive of 4,789 set on Jan. 6.
The state’s official coronavirus-related demise toll included 825 fatalities on Oahu, 159 on Hawaii island, 106 on Maui, 20 on Kauai, 2 on Molokai, and 11 Hawaii residents who died outdoors the state.
The U.S. coronavirus-associated demise toll was over 849,000 and the nationwide an infection tally is sort of 65.2 million.
Saturday’s new confirmed and possible an infection rely by island included 3,985 new circumstances on Oahu, 913 on Maui, 720 on Hawaii island, 266 on Kauai, 23 on Molokai, 20 on Lanai and 50 Hawaii residents identified outdoors the state.
The state’s 7-day common an infection rely was 3,657 and its seven-day common positivity price was 20.1%, in response to the Hawaii COVID-19 Information dashboard.
The seven-day common case rely for Oahu was 2,664 and the seven-day common positivity price was 20.7%, state well being officers mentioned.
The Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine abstract confirmed 2,630,811 doses had been administered by way of state and federal distribution packages as of Friday, up 4,607 from a day earlier.
Well being officers say that 75.1% of the state’s inhabitants is now totally vaccinated, 80.8% have acquired no less than one dose, and 29.4% have acquired a 3rd dose.
Of all of the confirmed Hawaii an infection circumstances, 5,419 have required hospitalizations, with 11 new hospitalizations reported Saturday.
Thirty-one hospitalizations within the total statewide rely are Hawaii residents who had been identified and handled outdoors the state. Of the 5,388 hospitalizations throughout the state, 4,113 have been on Oahu, 660 on Maui, 491 on the Huge Island, 108 on Kauai, 11 on Molokai, and 5 on Lanai.