Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-09-11 23:42:05 –
Honolulu (KHON2) — Hawaii still has the lowest case fatality rate in the country, but mortality rates are rising rapidly and young people are dying.
In August, there were 52 COVID-related deaths across the state. Three were in their thirties, four were in their forties, eight were in their fifties, nine were in their sixties, nineteen were in their 70s, and nine were over 80.
September is already off to a tough start. There were 63 COVID-related deaths in the first 11 days of the month.
The youngest death was a man in his twenties, six residents in his thirties died, four in his forties, fifteen in his fifties, fifteen in his sixties, eleven in his seventies, and eleven. Was over 80 years old. ..
Lieutenant Josh Green said the rise was due to a surge in coronavirus cases in the state.
“The bigger challenge is that there are 84 people in the intensive care unit and 72 people on the ventilator, which kills about 50% of each person using the ventilator,” he explained. “That is, we can expect about 30 to 40 deaths in the next 10 days to 2 weeks.”
As of Thursday, September 9, 136 COVID patients were hospitalized within the Queen’s Health System. According to Queens data, all 34 COVID ICU patients and all 33 COVID patients on ventilators were unvaccinated.
As of Saturday, September 11, 393 COVID patients were hospitalized, Green said.
“Currently, the number of hospitals is starting to decline, but some are broken hearts because people are dead,” he said.
“It’s a very difficult time, so everyone, including the morgue, is working overtime,” he said. “The best we can do is choose to vaccinate or ask a loved one or friend to vaccinate.”
The city’s coroner office is also overwhelming. According to the city, the morgue can accommodate up to 60 bodies, 50 of which can be stored in one of the mobile trailers. As of the night of Friday, September 10, only one trailer was in use.
“I expect that to change soon,” said Charlotte Carter, the city’s deputy coroner supervisor. “I can’t predict things. I don’t know when the funeral hall will be picked up and people will serve. In that case, you may not need a second trailer, but in reality , At the pace we’re going, you’ll probably need it. Next week or two weeks trailer is my best guess. “
Not only did she increase the number of cases, she said, some of her family members were detained until proper arrangements could be made.
“If someone is COVID positive, the family is probably under quarantine and cannot go to the funeral hall to make arrangements or there are restrictions, so they want to make those arrangements until they can. No. A true celebration with everyone who cares for that person, “she explained.
If the death is related to COVID, FEMA has a funeral refund, but Carter said a death certificate is required for the refund.
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“To get a certificate, the family needs to have a funeral,” she said.
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