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27 new cases, including 1 on Maui, reported

The Maui News

Twenty-seven new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state as of noon Sunday, including 23 on Oahu, two on Kauai, one on Hawaii island and one in Maui County.

The case raises Maui County’s total to 123, with two cases on Molokai. Lanai has no reported cases.

The Health Department did not give any details about the Maui County case Sunday.

The state total is 899 cases, including 636 on Oahu, 87 on Hawaii island, 37 on Kauai and 16 residents diagnosed outside of Hawaii.

There have been 18 deaths, including 12 on Oahu and six on Maui. The most recent death on Oahu was reported Friday.

The spike in COVID-19 cases was tied to a cluster of 17 Honolulu cases all associated with attending a funeral, the Health Department said Sunday. Intensive contact tracing identified the cases quickly, testing was conducted, and all of those infected are in isolation.

Contact tracing also identified six cases in leeward Oahu associated with known clusters; all of the people infected are in isolation, the Health Department said.

The two new Kauai cases are associated with a known cluster reported last week. The case on Hawaii island is related with travel to Georgia.

“It’s important to celebrate life and share life events, whether it’s remembering someone who has passed or gathering with others in practicing a common faith, and doing so safely will protect our loved ones and the entire community,” said state Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, chief of the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division. “Safe practices, including physical distancing, wearing of masks and frequent hand-washing, are critically important during these times and especially when we are with others outside of our daily household.”

Health Director Bruce Anderson said the recent cases “are local examples of how this virus has no bounds.”

“It spreads easily from place to place, island to island, state to state,” he said. “We all need to continue to take personal responsibility and take steps to protect ourselves and our community.”

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