07/31/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

July 31, 2020
Unfortunately, both the House and the Senate adjourned today due to complete gridlock in negotiations, so I’ll be on a flight back to Hawai‘i early tomorrow morning.
This is our third day in a row of triple-digit numbers of new COVID-19 cases.  This is not a trend we want to continue.
Please continue avoiding non-essential travel, wearing a mask that covers both nose and mouth and strict physical distancing when outside of your house, and paying careful attention to personal hygiene and cleanliness.
Many of us have or know of friends with large families who live together. It’s wonderful to be close to family, but it also means we have to be especially careful in those circumstances. For large households, every individual’s actions are that much more consequential to the health of everyone living under the same roof.
Let’s do our best to help one another, protect one another, and get through this together.
I look forward to reconnecting with you during my next telephone town hall on Tuesday. Read on for more information.
I hope you all have a safe weekend!
If you are in need of assistance, please call me at (808) 541-1986 or email me at TulsiOffice@mail.house.gov.
Mahalo and be well,
Tulsi Gabbard
Member of Congress (HI-02)

Sign Up Today for My Next Telephone Town Hall

With COVID-19 infections continuing to soar and Congress working to find a compromise and get additional emergency assistance out to where it is needed, I hope you’ll join me for my next tele-town hall on TUESDAY next week where we will discuss this and how we can make a difference in Hawai‘i.
Sign up for the event today by visiting my website!
Telephone Town Hall | COVID-19 Update # 19
Tuesday, August 4 at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time
HHS Publicizes Testing Statistics as Infections Skyrocket
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that more than 59 million COVID-19 tests have now been completed nationally – averaging over 810,000 per day over the past seven days. Over the past month, the percentage of lab tests that were completed within three days was 45%; over the last seven days, it was over 56%.
This highlights the challenge we face as cases skyrocket. We need more resources to conduct tests — both kits and medical professionals to administer and process them. This strains the system and makes it more difficult to get results in a timely manner. Ideally results are delivered the same day as the test so that contact tracers can track down others exposed before they may infect others.
More needs to be done by the government to improve our testing and tracing capacity, but every little bit we do to help prevent the spread of the disease on our end, helps ease the burden on the system.

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News & Resources

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 123 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 845 active cases in the state.
26 have died
179 required hospitalization
1,243 have been released from isolation
There have been 152,976 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, one case was removed from the counts.
Looking for federal and state COVID-19 resources — including directions on dealing with UI and PUA, local food banks, testing sites, and economic recovery programs for small businesses? Visit gabbard.house.gov/COVID-19.
Maui Limits Social Gatherings to No More than 10 People — Mayor Michael Victorino announced today updated Public Health Emergency Rules that limit indoor and outdoor social gatherings to no more than 10 people. The updated rules have been signed by Mayor Victorino and sent to the Governor for approval. The rules are to take effect starting today, Friday, July 31, 2020. Businesses and places of worship will still be allowed to function under existing County and State rules. Businesses such as restaurants, bars and beauty salons must continue to follow health and safety guidelines outlined in the emergency rules. Read the full announcement for more details.
State Has Issued $2.5 Billion in Benefits Since March 1 — The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) announced updated unemployment insurance claims information, including paying $2,508,933,874 and 2,325,354 weeks claimed since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic on March 1, 2020. 
“It is unclear if Congress will pass another economic stimulus package that includes an extension of additional unemployment insurance benefits,” noted Deputy Director Anne Perreira-Eustaquio. “The additional $600 federal benefit expired for the week ending July 25th, which is the last payable week of $600 payments to claimants. If anyone is still waiting on payments for any claims made from April 4 through July 25, you will be made whole and you will receive those benefits provided you are otherwise qualified.”

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