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207 new cases reported after lab results delayed

Hawaii reported a new single-day record of 207 COVID-19 cases on Monday, though the state Department of Health said that more than half were the result of delayed reporting from a major testing lab.

Of the 207 new cases reported, 198 were on Oahu, seven were on Maui and two were on Hawaii island. The DOH said that approximately 114 of the cases are from Friday and Saturday, when reporting was delayed at Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, which is conducting most of the tests in the state.

After 123 new cases were reported Friday, Hawaii dropped to 87 cases on Saturday and 45 cases on Sunday due to the missing data.

There have now been 2,448 cases statewide, including 2,083 on Oahu, 178 in Maui County (including two on Molokai and none on Lanai), 117 on Hawaii island, 47 on Kauai and 23 diagnosed out of state. Another case was removed from Oahu Monday as a result of updated lab information.

“It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to detail all of the situations in which people are becoming infected with coronavirus,” Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said in a news release. “It runs the whole gamut of hanging out with close friends, socializing in bars, attending religious events and funerals, and many other types other social gatherings. This virus does not discriminate on who it infects and the only way to prevent its spread is to limit exposure to others by using face coverings, physical distancing and avoiding gatherings and crowded places.”

The COVID-19 Joint Information Center said that Little Beach in Makena was less crowded than normal, likely due to social media posts suggesting that law enforcement planned to break up any drum circle events. Investigations have traced at least one case to a person who recently attended a drum circle.

“With an estimated 100 people on the beach for sunset at Makena and the rising of the full moon, there were no masks in evidence and there appeared to be little, if any, physical distancing between groups of people,” according the information center’s news release. “The scene here was repeated on beaches and in parks across the state.”

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