Department of Health Adds Reinfection Cases to Weekly COVID Case Count
The state Department of Health reported 12,755 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, Sept. 28, bringing the statewide total to 355,959. The spike in cases is due to the DOH adding reinfection case counts.
As of today, COVID-19 reinfections will be included in the weekly update if the case is 90 days or more after the previous infection. COVID-19 reinfection is when a person who had the virus recovered and then later became infected again.
Historic reinfections from the beginning of the pandemic through the present have also been added. According to the DOH, the first reported reinfections occurred in September 2020.
Seven new fatalities were also reported statewide.
A total of 167 new infections were reported Wednesday on the Big Island as well as 1,073 reinfections. 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:
There are currently 67 individuals hospitalized for the virus. At least 1,686 have died since the pandemic began. Hospitalization data is updated Monday through Friday, except on state and federal holidays.
For a comprehensive calendar and list of all pharmacies and clinics providing vaccination and testing on the island, visit the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense website.