Hawaii has recorded its first death from Coronavirus, making Wyoming the only state in the country without a death from the virus.
Following the news, state officials urged residents on Tuesday to follow the stay-at-home orders more seriously to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
‘I cannot stress enough … stay at home and self-isolate,’ said Governor David Ige during a news conference. ‘You need to remain vigilant. We cannot afford to let our guards down.’
‘I would like to express my deepest heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victim,’ Ige said.
Hawaii Governor David Ige, pictured with State Health Department Director Bruce Anderson, stressed the importance of staying at home following that state’s first coronavirus death
The number of coronavirus deaths is the U.S. per day. The 31 March was the deadliest day in the country since the beginning of the pandemic, with 719 deaths
State Health Department Director Bruce Anderson said that the man who died was an older man from the Hawaiian island of Oahu which is home to the state capital Honolulu.
According to Anderson, the man had underlying heath conditions and had previously been hospitalized with a number of other medical issues. While in hospital, he had tested positive for Covid-19 which likely contributed to his death.
Speaking during the same press conference given by Governor Ige, Anderson also offered his sincerest condolences to the family of the man.
He added that the state’s random Covid-19 testing program had found its first positive result, suggesting that the virus could be spreading through the community.
A woman walks on an empty beach on Oahu’s North Shore, Hawaii. The state is currently under a blanket stay-at-home order with travelers entering the state required to quarantine for 14 days
A study by the University of Washington, making projections on the impact the coronavirus could have in all 50 states, shows that Hawaii could see approximately 370 deaths by July, giving a lower range of 190 and an upper range of 740.
The study offered a dire warning to the state predicting that it needs to increase its hospital bed capacity or risk the system becoming overwhelmed by April or early Map when the cases are predicted to peak.
Governor Ive said, when asked about this study, that he believes the projection are wrong as they do not take into account the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for travelers entering the state.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases by zip code on the Oahu island as of 29 March. Oahu saw the state’s first death from Covid-19, leaving Wyoming as the only state without
Hawaii county-by-county case breakdown
Oahu: 157 (18 new)
Maui: 25 (0 new)
Big Island: 15 (0 new)
Kauai: 12 (0 new)
Pending: 13 (2 new)
Diagnosed out of state: 2 (0 new)
Hawaii is also due to broaden this today to include inter-island travel, however, this will not apply to essential workers or people carrying out essential functions such as seeking healthcare.
As of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed cases in Hawaii stood at 224, with at least 13 requiring hospitalization, according to Hawaii News Now.
The number of cases in Hawaii have more than doubled since 23 March, with the first case of Covid-19 reported on 6 March.
All but essential activities in the state are currently stopped under a state-wide stay-at-home order.
Wyoming, the least populated state in the U.S. is now the final state to have not seen a death as a result of the coronavirus.
It is also currently taking measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Bars, coffee shops schools, gyms and various sporting events are not currently operating and public gatherings are limited to ten people.
These measures will continue through to 17 April after Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced an extension at the end of last week after consulting with medical experts.
Dr. Alexia Harrist, the state health officer, said: ‘The best tool we have to reduce the potential burden on our healthcare system and save lives is for all of us to limit our contact with other people as much as possible.
‘Of course it is most important for people who are ill to stay home unless they need medical attention.’
Wyoming, however, does not have a stay-at-home order like that in Hawaii and other states. Governor Gordon said he was ‘doing his best’ to avoid such an order.
As of Tuesday, the state had 120 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and was also the last state to reach 100 confirmed cases.
While the state’s 120 cases ranks as one of the lowest in the U.S., given its low population its per capita total is higher than more than a dozen others’.
Around 265 million Americans have now been ordered to stay at home to combat the spread of coronavirus, but some states are still refusing to order lockdowns