Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-09-17 00:22:08 –
Honolulu (KHON2) — A highly contagious delta variant has hit Hawaii hard.
On August 1, there were approximately 3,000 active COVID-19 cases. The number jumped to 8,100 on August 16th and peaked at 11,331 on September 4th.
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Two weeks ago, on September 2, the state reported 1,068 new COVID-19 infections. The average for 7 days was 881 cases, the positive rate was over 7.5%, and there were 11,225 active cases in the state.
On Thursday, September 16, the state reported 588 cases, a 6.6% positive rate, and 8,533 cases of activity. In the last four weeks, 127 Hawaiians have died.
“We peaked at 448 in the hospital, and as of today we are 336, which is exactly 25% less,” explained Lieutenant Josh Green.
“We are currently below that peak with 3% to 4% of hospitalizations, and as the curve progresses, fewer people get sick in hospitals,” he said.
According to the State Health Department, the hospital is still approaching capacity and the number of ICU patients on neighboring islands exceeds the number of beds, including the Hilo Medical Center.
As of Wednesday, all 25 patients with COVID in the ICU and all 22 COVID patients on ventilators have not been vaccinated, according to Queen’s Health Systems. Health officials said the best way to avoid hospitalization is to get vaccinated.
“If they happen to get infected with COVID and get sick, they go to the hospital for three or four days and then go home to good health,” says Green. “If you’re not vaccinated, you risk going to the hospital for three to four weeks and dying. These are the big differences you need to make.”
The number of cases hasn’t skyrocketed to over 1,000 since before Labor Day, but Green said people need to stay vigilant.
“I don’t want people to disappoint the guards because they can flatten, fall a little, and soar again if they make a big mistake. Therefore, people shouldn’t have large gatherings. They shouldn’t. Should continue to be vaccinated, “he continued.
While booster shots are being discussed, health officials are still monitoring what the Delta Variant is doing in other countries.
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The FDA Advisory Board will meet on Friday to determine if vaccinated Americans need booster shots.
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