Hawaii has reported nearly 1,700 new Covid cases, which is the state’s highest level for the pandemic, though officials note that the count includes a backlog from one lab.

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 1,678 cases on Sunday, while noting that it included a partial catch-up of reporting after one lab experienced system errors from August 15 to 25.

The state saw 10,817 new confirmed coronavirus infections documented in the past 14 days.

The state’s health director, Dr Elizabeth Char, said “this tidal wave of cases is straining our ability to respond at all levels – our hospitals, our labs and even our morgues are nearing or at capacity”.

Hawaii also reported two deaths from Covid, both women older than 60 with underlying health conditions. That brings the state’s totals since the pandemic began to 62,229 coronavirus cases and 589 deaths.

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