The State of Hawaii has conducted viral genome sequencing on a fraction of the positive specimens that are collected every week. Using this data and an additional number of viral genomes generated by CDC and its commercial partners, we generate a biweekly report highlighting the prevalent variants in the State of Hawaii and in each of the Hawaii counties.
January 18, 2023
COVID-19 Reinfection Report
September 28, 2022
As of September 28, 2022, COVID-19 reinfections have been added to the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) COVID19 case counts. A COVID-19 reinfection is when a person who had COVID-19 recovered and then later became infected again.
January 17, 2023
Wastewater surveillance adds a useful layer of monitoring community levels of SARS-CoV-2.
Long-Term Care Facilities Reporting Cases of COVID-19 in the Past 14 Days
We are not currently updating this table as of October 22, 2021
Cases reported to the Hawaii Department of Health within the last 14 days and identified as having exposed staff and/or residents in the facility. The period of 14 days aligns with current cluster definitions used by the Council for Outbreak Response: Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens (CORHA). Due to differences in methodology, validation, and reporting time periods, these data may vary from data reported by National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
COVID-19 Probable Cases
May 19, 2021
On May 18, 2021, 1,623 probable cases were added to our total case counts. The majority of these are historic cases and are not recent cases; they were reported between March 2020 and May 2021. Going forward, both newly reported confirmed and probable cases will be included in total case counts and not reported on a separate table here.
COVID-19 Breakthrough Case Report
November 12, 2021
A vaccine breakthrough infection occurs when a fully vaccinated person tests positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
The Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) documents vaccine breakthrough hospitalizations and deaths, which can be an indication of vaccine effectiveness. Evaluation of vaccine effectiveness must be derived from carefully designed studies to avoid bias.
Every COVID death is thoroughly investigated to ascertain vaccination status. Vaccine breakthrough status relies on information provided through case investigations and may represent an underestimate of the true number of breakthrough hospitalizations.
COVID-19 Health Equity Report
November 16, 2022
March 16, 2021
This report represents a collaborative effort between the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health and a diverse group of academic and community partners. As the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic grew over time, it became clear that public health authorities could not adequately address the threats posed by this disease alone. Partnerships with the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response, Recovery, and Resilience Team and other community-based organizations serving the Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Filipino communities as well as the input from the Office of Public Health Studies and Department of Native Hawaiian Health at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa were instrumental to mounting an effective response.
Their perspectives are included through the voices of the authors and contributors to this report who represent these organizations as well as through feedback provided by reviewers.
Clusters of COVID-19 Cases in Public Venues in the Past 14 Days
We are not currently updating this table as of January 26, 2022
These cases were reported to the Hawaii Department of Health within the last 14 days and identified as having exposed staff and/or residents in the facility. The period of 14 days aligns with current cluster definitions used by the Council for Outbreak Response: Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial-Resistant Clusters of three or more cases reported to the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) within the last 14 days and identified as having exposed staff or visitors of public businesses where attendee lists could not be provided. The period of 14 days aligns with current cluster definitions used by the HDOH. The HDOH is prioritizing not only investigating local COVID-19 clusters, but also sharing current cluster information with the public to prevent further disease spread.