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Second COVID-19 death reported in state, cases rise to 285

Hawaii state Department of Health microbiologist Mark Nagata demonstrates the process for testing a sample for coronavirus at the department's laboratory in Pearl City, Oahu. AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy

A second Hawaii resident has passed away from COVID-19, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday.

“Today, our community received the tragic news of the passing of a second Hawaii resident from the COVID-19 virus,” Ige said in a statement. “Dawn and I express our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.

“As we come together with expressions of sympathy and support – we must also remember to help each other, to protect your health and the health of loved ones and your community. Let’s all do our part to get Hawaii through this challenging time.”

Ige did not say which island the person lived on.

Hawaii’s first death from COVID-19 was an older Oahu man who died Monday night.

On Thursday, the state reported 27 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total to 285, with one additional case on Maui, moving the county from 26 to 27.

Wailuku and West Maui ZIP codes now show the majority of Maui’s cases, with six to 10 in each of the regions, according to state Department of Health data.

State health officials said the 27 new cases as of noon today are mostly in Honolulu County, with 24 there, bringing its total to 206. The new cases comprise Oahu, Maui’s additional case, plus two pending cases.

Big Island remains at 18 and Kauai stayed at 12.

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