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Record-setting 124 cases reported, including 4 on Maui

Hawaii shattered its daily record for new COVID-19 cases again with 124 new reported cases on Thursday, including four on Maui and 120 on Oahu.

The 109 cases reported Wednesday marked the first time Hawaii had surpassed 100 cases in one day; Thursday was the first time Oahu alone reported more than 100 in a day.

Health officials attributed the spike Wednesday to the closure of labs due to Hurricane Douglas, but also to a growing number of social gatherings where physical distancing and mask wearing have not been followed.

There have now been 1,989 cases statewide, including 1,637 on Oahu, 167 in Maui County (including two on Molokai and none on Lanai), 115 on Hawaii island and 47 on Kauai. Twenty-three residents have been diagnosed out of state. Due to updated information, one case from Hawaii island was recategorized to Oahu.

Of the total cases, 1,226 have been released from isolation, 177 have required hospitalization and 26 have died, including six on Maui.

In light of the recent surge in cases, Gov. David Ige and the four county mayors are looking at reimposing earlier restrictions, including limiting social gatherings and possibly closing bars. Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said Wednesday that the county is considering reducing outdoor gathering limits from 100 to 25 and indoor gatherings from 50 to 10.

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