Sumary of Hawaii races to get more vaccinated against COVID-19 as delta variant continues to multiply:
- For the seventh day in a row Wednesday, Hawaii’s new daily coronavirus case numbers hit triple digits, repeating last year’s post-Fourth of July surge.
- “It’s not as deadly as what we were experiencing a year ago,” said Hilton Raethel, head of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii.
- On Wednesday, the state Department of Health reported one new coronavirus-related death and 163 new confirmed and probable infections statewide, bringing the state’s totals since the start of the pandemic to 524 fatalities and 39,649 cases.
- The department also said it had detected an additional 69 delta variant cases, up from 57 from the last report July 12, bringing Hawaii’s total to 126 cases.
- Vaccination rates are high for Hawaii’s kupuna but drop for those in younger age groups.
- Health officials said about 97% of those newly infected with COVID-19 in Hawaii are the remaining third of the state’s population who remain unvaccinated.
- Young people have a better chance of pulling through an infection, he said, and while daily coronavirus cases are expected to continue rising, the fatality rate is expected to drop.
- ” Daily coronavirus case counts are expected to continue rising with the delta variant in the islands for weeks to come, according to Green, “because the delta variant is very contagious and too many people remain unvaccinated.