Hawaii reports 2 new COVID-19 fatalities, bringing death toll from virus to 8
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaii reported two new COVID-19 fatalities Friday — one each on Oahu and Maui — bringing the state’s death toll from the virus to eight.
The latest losses, officials said, are a grim reminder of the danger coronavirus poses to the community.
And they urged to residents to brace for more bad news — even amid encouraging signs that aggressive social distancing mandates are helping stop the spread of the virus.
“This is a serious and life-threatening illness,” said state Health Director Bruce Anderson. “We expect there will be many more cases and, unfortunately, more deaths. Everyone really needs to stay home.”
Twenty-three new coronavirus cases were reported Friday, putting the total statewide count at 465.
In a news conference Friday afternoon, Gov. David Ige pleaded with residents to follow the state’s stay-at-home order and added that Easter celebrations would have to be dramatically different this year.
“We all feel the increasing number of positive cases, the number of residents lost and the impact it is having on the community,” he said. “I fully understand this is not easy. These are hard mandates to live by.”