08/12/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

August 12, 2020
Unfortunately, over the last two days, we have lost another 4 lives to COVID-19 in Hawai‘i. This virus is not a joke. It can affect any of us, regardless of age or health conditions. Even if you are not ill, you may be infected and could transmit the virus unknowingly — especially if you were recently around others. Please be sure to stay physically distanced from others and wear a mask that covers your nose and your mouth.
Let’s work together to protect ourselves and our community!
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)

Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall Friday

Want to hear the latest news on what is happening nationally and locally related to Coronavirus? I will be hosting my next virtual town hall on Friday, August 14th via Facebook Live. You do not need a Facebook account to watch it.
Virtual Town Hall | COVID-19 Update # 20
Friday, August 14 at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time

NIFA Invests $3 million in Funding for Native Hawaiian-Serving and Alaska Native-Serving Institutions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced three grants to strengthen the ability of Alaska-Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (ANNH) to carry out education, applied research, and related community development programs. ANNH purpose is to address educational needs, as determined by each institution, within a broadly defined arena of food and agricultural sciences-related disciplines. Priority will be given to those projects that enhance educational equity for underrepresented students; strengthen institutional educational capacities; prepare students for careers related to the food, agricultural, and natural resource systems of the United States; and maximize the development and use of resources to improve food and agricultural science teaching programs. 

HHS Announces Investments for Health Information Exchanges to Strengthen their Ability to Support State and Local Public Health Agencies

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity to expand and accelerate innovative uses of electronic health information via health information exchanges (HIEs) to support state and local public health agencies. Strengthening health data exchange and use between HIEs and state and local public health agencies will help communities to better prevent, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies, including disasters and pandemics such as COVID-19. The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will award up to five (5) cooperative agreements with $2.5 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). 

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News & Resources

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 202 new cases and 2 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 2,270 active cases in the state.
38* have died
260 required hospitalization
1,665 have been released from isolation
There have been 189,492 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
*As a result of updated information, two additional deaths were reported yesterday and are included in the counts today.
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.
Hawaiʻi Department Of Agriculture Now Accepting Applications For State Agricultural Leases — The Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture is currently accepting applications to negotiate for state agricultural leases. This includes parcels in agricultural parks on Oʻahu (Waiʻanae Agricultural Park) and Hawaiʻi Island (Pāhoa Agricultural Park) and non-agriculture park parcels on Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi Island. The deadline to apply for the non-agriculture park leases is Sept. 8, 2020. The deadline to apply for the agricultural park leases is Sept. 21, 2020. To view the public notice, go to: https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/meetings-reports/public-notices/. To view information on the agricultural lease program, go to: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/arm/agricultural-parks/

Hawaiʻi County Announces Modified Skills Testing for Driver’s Licensing — The County of Hawai‘i Department of Finance announces the start of modified skills testing, which temporarily replaces in-vehicle road tests. This modified skills test was approved by the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation, and was developed to meet the need for continued road testing during this public health emergency, while also allowing the examiner and applicant to maintain the recommended six-feet social distancing prescribed by the Center for Disease Control. Approval for this alternative method of testing has been granted through September 30, 2020. Get more information on how to make an appointment and prepare for the test on the county website.

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