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45 cases reported, though state says data incomplete

Hawaii saw a decline in new COVID-19 cases for the second straight day, though the state said the recent numbers were “not a complete and accurate picture due to the temporary delay in receiving complete data.”

The COVID-19 Joint Information Center reported 45 new cases on Sunday, including 44 on Oahu and one on Maui.

There have now been 2,242 cases statewide, including 1,886 on Oahu, 171 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.

Sunday was the second day in a row that Hawaii saw a decline in cases after hitting a record high 124 in recent days. However, the state said daily reporting totals were temporarily affected by missing data on Saturday and Sunday from Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, a major private lab conducting most of the tests in the state.

“This is likely a result of recent modifications in data reporting required by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said in a news release Sunday. “We have advised the affected laboratory to provide manual reporting of data until they’re able to correct the reporting issues. This is impacting our ability to quickly identify and investigate new persons with COVID-19 and to contact trace.”

The state Department of Health will likely need to update case numbers from Friday on, the news release said.

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