HAWAII TODAY: COVID-19 HEADLINES
Hawaii officials announced the first COVID-19 related death in the islands, along with 20 new cases, bringing the state’s total number of confirmed infections to 224.
Kona area testing reveals COVID-19 cases highest concentration for the virus on the Big Island.
Hawaii can also expect to see a surge in COVID-19 Cases in the coming days as test result data that is just beginning to surface.
COVID-19, by the Numbers … today’s developments
BeyondKona continues to monitor and report on the COVID-19 pandemic on a daily basis, sourcing information from the most reliable and available data sources. It is important to note, the most the reliable indicator on the progress of the virus and its impact to humans is not the number of cases reported (which is based on a highly incomplete test sampling of the population), rather the most reliable indicator as to the progression of the virus are the number of deaths reported and which are directly attributed to the virus…
KITV reported yesterday (3-31) that …COVID-19 is spreading in Hawaii communities at a wider scale than being reported. That’s according to two medical experts on the frontlines of containing the virus.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Dr. Miscovich has been on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus. He and his team held another drive-thru testing site last weekend in Oahu. He said Hawaii can expect to see an increase in positive cases in the near future.
“The people of Hawaii need to know, we are going to see a massive surge. It does not mean that we have a massive new influx. This is just the data we’re getting today is coming from the last 10 days,” Dr. Miscovich explained about the lag in testing results.
However, he adds that testing is getting faster, and a new blood test can help speed up results.
“We have a pilot on a device right now, which is a 10 minute blood test, and that pilot is about 95% accurate,” Dr. Miscovich said about the new form of testing. He said the blood test is used for patients with a high probability of having the virus. “It still needs to be quantified with a nasal swab,” he said.
Hawaii DOH reports 224 presumptive or positive cases to date. About 9,000 tests have been conducted as of the end of March, representing about 1/2 of one percent of the state’s population. Also, since 100% of tests are now being shipped to mainland labs, getting back results is taking time. Even though Premier Medical began drive-thru testing several weeks back, 40% of the tests are still pending.
On Sunday, the state Department of Health reported 24 new cases of COVID-19. All but one of the new cases are residents of the state with only one non-resident, who tested positive on Hawaii Island. There are now a total of 175 positive COVID-19 cases for the state. Oahu has reported 123 cases, Maui 20, Big Island 12 and Kauai 12.
The Department of Health included a new section in their daily numbers and revealed that 49 people of the 175 have recovered from the virus. The department defines the term “recovered” as someone who is released from isolation and who are not likely to pose a risk to others.
Here’s the latest breakdown of COVID-19 cases (source Civil Beat):
- Hawaii County: 15 (3 new)
- Honolulu County: 157 (18 new)
- Kauai County: 12 (1 new)
- Maui County: 25 (5 new)
A DOH official says that 96 of the 175 cases are travel-related, . A total of 32 cases are considered to be “community” related and 47 are unknown.
One death (Oahu) have been recorded so far.
GLOBAL COVID-19 IMPACT – as of April 1, 2020
The world is rapidly reaching the 1 Million mark for global COVID-19 infection cases.
To date, the number of verified COVID-19 Cases WORLDWIDE: 917,967.
The number of verified COVID-19 Deaths WORLDWIDE: 46,062.
The number of COVID-19 Recoveries WORLDWIDE: 193,342
For more data detail we recommend visiting: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
USA TOPS GLOBAL TOTALS FOR CORONAVIRUS CASES
The United States has reported over 205,450 confirmed cases of the virus
The number of deaths has climbed to 4,528
The total number of virus patients recovered: 8,762
USA: COVID 19 Cases – April 1st, 2020
About three out of four Americans are or will soon be under instructions to stay at home.
In New York, the governor said that 1,218 people had died, and that 9,517 people in the state were hospitalized with the virus.
In emergency rooms and intensive care units throughout New York City, typically dispassionate medical professionals are feeling panicked as increasing numbers of their colleagues get sick.
“I feel like we’re all just being sent to slaughter,” said Thomas Riley, a nurse at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, who has contracted the virus, along with his husband.
Doctors and nurses said they can look overseas for a dark glimpse of the risk they are facing — especially when protective gear has been in short supply.
William P. Jaquis, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said the situation across the country was too fluid to begin tracking such data, but he said he expected the danger to intensify.
“Doctors are getting sick everywhere,” he said. (NY Times, March 30th)
HOW LONG? — Data is beginning to emerge indicating that individuals infected with the virus, once recovered, remain active carriers of the virus for up to 24 days.
Currently, it is estimated to take about 2 weeks, once inflected with COVID-19 virus, to manifest symptoms. And then it takes another 2-3 weeks to recover, and an additional 2-3 weeks once recovered, to remain a carrier of the (active) virus, and with possibility of inflecting others.
Add it all up, and that’s about 8 weeks or about two months — the total timeline for individuals infected to carry the “active” virus within their body.
Hawaii state, as is occurring nationally, is experiencing shortages of essential pandemic supplies: hand sanitizer, N95 masks, thermometers, gloves, and related panic purchase effects on supplies of toilet paper and some food stocks. Raw material shortages essential to the production of items ranging from N-95 masks to toilet paper are beginning to be reported by some U.S. manufacturers.
Officials are screening passengers that arrive at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport to identify those coming from countries that require quarantine or public health supervision. Anyone who has traveled to areas with sustained community transmission are being asked to self-isolate and monitor their health for 14 days.