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Modeling group shows COVID-19 positivity rate continues to rise statewide

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Projections from the Hawaiʻi Pandemic Applied Modeling Workgroup, or HiPAM, show that the positivity rate of COVID cases continues to rise statewide, with Maui being of particular concern.

The positivity rate on the Valley Isle was the highest in the state at 22.5% on Thursday.

Oʻahu and the Big Island were both over 20%, with Kauaʻi at nearly 18%.

HiPAM’s latest report from Jan. 10 shows a plateauing of cases, although it is not clear whether that is a product of testing limitations, an actual peak in cases, or a flattening of the curve that will result in a delayed peak.

The group projects a peak in hospitalizations on Oʻahu in late January and says the rate of hospitalizations on the neighbor islands is very concerning.

On Friday, the state reported 3,099 new COVID-19 cases and a 19.9% statewide positivity rate.

Of those eligible, which is people aged 5 and over, 80.1% of Hawaiʻi is fully vaccinated.

For more information on vaccine eligibility and locations, visit hawaiicovid19.com.

Scott Kim is a news editor at Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Contact him at skim@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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