Hawaii sees more than 1,000 increase in COVID cases

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — More than 1,000 Hawaii residents have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, and the numbers continue to rise.

Data from the Ministry of Health showed the recently updated numbers of both confirmed and probable cases on each island between July 3 and 10.

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Oahu saw the largest increase in COVID cases, with 607 confirmed laboratory-based cases and 100 cases with positive antigen test results.

On the island of Hawaii, authorities reported 88 confirmed COVID cases and 70 cases reported as probable.

Maui had 117 new COVID cases during the week, 59 of which were confirmed.

On Molokai and Lanai, two cases were confirmed at each location, bringing the total number of cases on Molokai to 1,504 and on Lanai to 856.

Kauai saw an increase of 100 cases. Two out-of-state visitors reported testing positive for COVID, leaving just one probable case for the week.

According to the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, there are still about 100 positive patients per day.

As numbers continue to rise, experts are warning the public to take proper precautions to stay safe and avoid getting sick.

“If you’re going to an event and you don’t want to catch anything, wear a mask and wash your hands. If you’re sick and don’t want to spread it, stay home,” advised Dr. Tony Trpkovski of Doctors of Waikiki.

For more information or to track the number of new COVID cases, visit the DOH website.

While COVID vaccinations in the state are currently limited, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to roll out a new vaccine in the fall of 2024.

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