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Hawaii’s first COVID-19 death is a false alarm

The Hawaii Department of Health backtracks on it’s announcement on Hawaii’s first COVID-19 death. The first report was misread by officials, as the first test results was conducted by a private clinical lab.

The Department of Health conducted a second test from the individual which came back negative for COVID-19.

The individual did not die from the illness. The individual passed away from multiple pre-existing health conditions.

Although the death was a false alarm, the number of cases continues to rise. As of March 24, 2020, 14 new cases have been reported, bringing the state total to 90 cases.

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