08/03/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
August 3, 2020
 
Aloha,
 
I hope everyone had a safe weekend. I’m grateful to be back in Hawaii, where I’ll be continuing congressional committee work as Congressional leaders are still negotiating an extension of federal assistance for those unemployed due to COVID-19.
 
Unfortunately, our own number of COVID-19 cases continues to break new records, with today’s high of 207 cases since yesterday. Testing and tracing capacity are essential for our state to deal with these high numbers and stop the spread of the virus.
 
It’s long past due for the Department of Health to fully mobilize its contact tracing force of over 400 trained individuals. We have known we would need a high number of contact tracers on standby for a moment such as this. Congress has provided the funding for our state to build our contact tracing capacity. There is no excuse whatsoever for there to be a shortage of contact tracers.
 
I want to invite you to join me tomorrow for my next telephone town hall meeting. I’ll be joined by Lt. Gov. Josh Green and Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i President/CEO Hilton Raethel. We will be talking about the latest challenges we face and answering your questions. I will also update you on the latest from Congress.
 
You can sign up today to join the call. More information on how you can join the meeting is below.
 
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)
 

Telephone Town Hall Tomorrow, Sign up Today!

 
Tomorrow, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and Hilton Raethel of the Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i will join me for my next telephone town hall update on the coronavirus crisis. We will get you the latest news, talk about how we can help prevent the spread of the virus, and what resources are available to you to help.
 
 
Telephone Town Hall | COVID-19 Update # 19
Tuesday, August 4 at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time
 

VA Initiative to Help Veterans Keep Connected to Healthcare

 
With the added strain that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on individuals and families — including our veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is collecting laptop and mobile phone donations through an established partner non-profit organization, America’s Adopt A Soldier, to help Veterans at risk of or experiencing homelessness stay connected to their health care providers, case managers and loved ones. Read more about the initiative.
 

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News & Resources

 
Testing in Hawai‘i — Since Friday, there were a total of 338 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 1,110 active cases in the state.
 
 
26 have died
201 required hospitalization
1,315 have been released from isolation
 
There have been 162,785 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? For more information on dealing with UI and PUA, local food banks, testing sites, and economic recovery programs for small businesses, visit gabbard.house.gov/COVID-19.
 
Apply for Maui Small Business Recovery Fund Today! — Mayor Michael Victorino is urging small business operators to apply for grants of as much as $7,500 beginning today — Monday, August 3, 2020 — from the new Kokua Maui County Small Business Recovery & Relief Fund to assist them with the impacts of COVID-19. The Fund stems from a County of Maui partnership with local federal credit unions to launch a $3 million recovery and relief fund using CARES Act dollars to help small businesses. Read the full announcement for more info about the program and how to apply.
 

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