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Daily COVID-19 Case Count Exceeds 200 & Death Toll Rises to 31

All but one (1) of the 201 newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases, reported by the Dept. of Health (DOH) today, is from O‘ahu. Maui has a single new case.  Health Director Bruce Anderson said, “Unfortunately, projections for increases in COVID case and ICU bed utilization are being realized.”  Many of the Intensive Care Units on O‘ahu are full or close to …

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Surge Prompts Reinstatement of Interisland Travel Quarantine

At an afternoon news briefing Governor Ige announced that the mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling interisland will be reinstituted effective next Tuesday, August 11. The governor said that he and all the county mayors agree that additional measures are necessary to make sure that cases do not spread, uncontrolled, across the entire state. “I know many of you will …

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Two More COVID-19 Deaths in Hawai‘i Highlight Insidious Nature of COVID-19

Two O‘ahu residents are the 28th and 29th casualties of COVID-19 in Hawai‘i. An elderly female, with underlying medical conditions, had been a resident at a Pearl City nursing home, but then was hospitalized. An elderly man, also with underlying health issues, was also in the hospital when he died.  “The passing of this man really demonstrates how rapidly and invisibly COVID-19 …

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Shooting Death of Off-Duty MPD Officer Being Investigated

On August 5 at about 8:39 a.m., Maui Police Department officers responded to a gunshot call at a residence in Waikapu, Maui. Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive male with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The male died on the scene. The male was identified as a current 44-year-old Maui Police Department Officer.  He was off duty …

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27th COVID-19 Death Reported as Cases Rise by Triple-Digits

The Honolulu Medical Examiner reported the death of a Honolulu man to the Dept. of Health, who had tested positive for COVID-19. The man was in the 40 to 59-year-old age group and he had underlying medical conditions. An investigation into his cause of death continues, and it is recorded as the 27th COVID-19 death in Hawai‘i since the beginning of …

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Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Spearfisher

The Coast Guard suspended its active search for William Scott Stanga off Maui on Monday evening. Stanga, 52-years-old, remains missing. “We extend our condolences to the Stanga family during this trying time” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Brian, a Sector Honolulu watchstander. “These types of cases are always the hardest for all involved and we wish the outcome had …

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MFD Responds to Brush Fire in Kahikinui

The Maui Fire Department is battling a brush fire in the area of Kahikinui that began late on Sunday. Fire crews were initially called just before midnight to nine separate fires between mile markers 23 and 27 on Piilani Highway. As of about 1 p.m. on Monday all but three of the fires had been 100 percent contained. The Kahikinui …

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Triple Digit Coronavirus Case Counts Continue Into a Second Week

The highest, single-day record of new positive COVID-19 cases is being reported by the Hawai`i Department of Health today, at 207. Approximately 114 of these cases are the result of delayed reporting over the weekend, a result of private clinical laboratory reporting issues. Health Director Bruce Anderson said, “It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to detail all of the situations in …

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DOH: Testing Reporting Temporary Delays COVID-19 Case Numbers

The daily reporting of positive COVID-19 cases in Hawai`i has been temporarily affected by missing data on Saturday and again today from Clinical Laboratories of Hawai‘i, a major private laboratory conducting most of tests in the state, according to Hawai`i Department of Health officials. From the test results that are available today, DOH is reporting 45 additional cases of coronavirus. …

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