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8 new COVID-related deaths, 449 new infections recorded in Hawaii, DOH reports

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HONOLULU (KITV4) -- The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) reported eight new deaths related to COVID-19 and 449 new infections over the last seven days in Hawaii. The total number of deaths stands at 1,849.

The statewide test positivity rate is 4.2%. -- the positivity rate in Honolulu County is 4.2%; on the Big Island it's 3.6%; in Maui County it's 7.2%; and on Kauai it is 6.5%. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 381,057 total infections to date.

FILE - A person is taken on a stretcher into the United Memorial Medical Center after going through testing for COVID-19 Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Houston. On the third anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2023, the virus is still spreading and the death toll is nearing 7 million worldwide. Yet most people have resumed their normal lives, thanks to a wall of immunity built from infections and vaccines. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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