08/05/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

August 5, 2020
Yesterday, I hosted my latest Telephone Town Hall event to discuss the recent rise in cases and the steps we need to take to stop the spread of COVID-19. I was joined by Lt. Gov. Josh Green and Hilton Raethel, President and CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i. You can listen to the full discussion here.
There are proven, common sense strategies to stop this pandemic: with rapid results testing and contact tracing, along with physical distancing and mask wearing, we can beat this. These strategies have worked elsewhere and they will work here. I will continue to fight for funding and resources to get this done.
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)

VA Partnership to Help Veteran Caregivers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation (EDF) announced the launch of a new foundation program granting family caregivers access to no-cost, short-term aid to help those caring for wounded, ill or injured Veterans or service members in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Under the Respite Relief for Military and Veteran Caregivers program, caregivers of Veterans can apply to receive approximately 24-hours of respite care from a CareLinx professional to help with bathing, companionship, cooking, exercising, grooming, light housekeeping, medical and medication reminders, mobility assistance, transportation and other activities.

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News & Resources

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 173 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 1,338 active cases in the state.
27 have died
214 required hospitalization
1,402 have been released from isolation
There have been 168,422 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.
HIDOE Launches Tech Help Desk for Parents and Students — This week, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) launched the nation’s first statewide, comprehensive help desk providing technology support to public school students and their parents as schools offer more opportunities for online and blended learning. The ʻOhana Help Desk will provide self-service and chat support for families experiencing issues connecting to HIDOE systems remotely from home. The help desk will be able to assist with connectivity-related issues (e.g. network and wifi connectivity), access and security issues, device support (e.g. devices, applications, software updates) and general IT support. While other school districts provide tech support to families, HIDOE's help desk is statewide and was designed with a higher level of support, with phone support in multiple languages, chat support and an online portal. The help desk will be able to provide phone support in languages most commonly spoken in Hawaiʻi households – English, Hawaiian, Ilokano, Tagalog, Chuukese and Marshallese.

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