COVID-19 cases reach 2,173 as county confirms cluster associated with Kona coffee farm

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The number of COVID-19 cases in the Big Island increased by four on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases so far to 2,173.

The Big Island new cases were among 64 new cases reported statewide by the Department of Health. Oahu reported 41 new cases while Maui County reported 17 and Kauai none. Two residents were diagnosed while out of state.

On Tuesday, the Big Island had a test positivity rate of 1%, lower than the statewide rate of 2.1%.

According to Hawaii County Executive Assistant Steve Bader, a large coffee farm in Kona that employs more than 100 people had 17 people tested positive on Monday and one more on Tuesday. He said the event was classified as “travel-related” because an employee apparently visited California recently.

“We are keeping an eye on it. There have been tests every few days… for the number of people there, (the health ministry) feels like the situation is under control, ”Bader told the county council committee on government operations, relations and economic development Tuesday.

Statewide, to date, 26,007 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

Statewide, 74 people were hospitalized on Tuesday, including two on the Big Island. To date, 2,086 people have had to be hospitalized, including 112 on the Big Island.

No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported by the state on Tuesday. Of the 410 coronavirus-related deaths confirmed and reported by the state to date, 327 were in Oahu, 26 in Maui, 53 in Big Island and one in Kauai. Three deaths were among residents out of state.

The Big Island’s COVID-19 death rate remained at 2.4% on Tuesday, above the statewide rate of 1.6%.

Hawaii County Civil Defense said Tuesday the Big Island had not reported any coronavirus-related deaths in the past five weeks.

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