Staggering Spike in New COVID Cases Statewide

December 17, 2021, 9:24 AM HST
* Updated December 17, 11:10 AM
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The Hawaiʻi Department of Health reported 797 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the statewide total to 91,067. Two new COVID-related fatalities were reported.

A total of 29 new infections were identified on the Big Island. The Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency reports 213 active cases, and four persons hospitalized.

The state’s daily case average is now 297, with a test positivity rate of 4.2%. A map documenting new cases by district throughout all islands can be accessed at the DOH website.

The island-by-island case count is as follows:

O‘ahu: 62,049
Hawaiʻi: 11,981
Maui: 10,267
Kaua‘i: 3,319
Moloka‘i: 258
Lana‘i: 145
Pending: 0
Out-of-State: 3,048


A total of 5,152 individuals have been hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 infection since the pandemic began, while at least 1,067 have died.

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