08/14/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

August 14, 2020
Since the beginning of this crisis, I have said that testing and contact tracing is the best way we have to stop the spread of COVID-19. State leaders consistently told us we had enough contact tracers and in May, the Governor thanked the Congressional delegation for securing over $50 million for the testing and contact tracing effort.  However, it turns out we have in effect very little contact tracing occurring at all. 
Dr. Jennifer Smith, an employee at the Department of Health (DOH), bravely alerted us that what we’ve been told by the DOH about their contact tracing program was a lie. Rather than the dozens or over a hundred contact tracers claimed over the past months, there have only been a handful — overwhelmed by surging infections and understaffed to help rein in the spread of this virus.
Hawai‘i went from having nearly no new cases on a daily basis to having hundreds. Day after day, I’ve had to share heartbreaking news of new records of infections and new deaths.
It’s time for change, accountability, and transparency to get our state back on track.
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)

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News & Resources

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 233 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 2,764 active cases in the state.
40 have died
277 required hospitalization
1,756 have been released from isolation
There have been 198,152 diagnostic tests conducted as of 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.

Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall Today

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 today, 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

HUD Approves New Uses For Communities’ Coronavirus Relief Funds

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced new flexibilities states and local government can use in order to best utilize Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funds appropriated by the CARES Act, as well as other federal funds, to support their communities in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. To date, HUD has provided over $3 billion in CDBG-CV funds nationwide to help communities combat coronavirus and alleviate economic hardship. 

Take 10 Minutes to Help Hawai‘i for the Next 10 Years: 2020 Census

The window for people to respond to the 2020 Census will be closing soon! After a short delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local U.S. Census officials are hard at work to make sure Hawai‘i’s residents are counted.
The U.S. Census is done once every 10 years and impacts representation in the federal government and the amount of federal resources Hawai‘i gets in the decade that follows. That makes it extremely important for everyone to be counted and the 2020 Census questionnaire only takes 10 minutes to complete.
10 minutes can have an impact on our state for the next 10 years!
You can learn more about the 2020 Census on the Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism website or you can go online to complete the 2020 Census at 2020Census.gov.

UI Update from DLIR

As of August 13, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) has paid $2,733,150,415 and 2,601,841 weeks claimed since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic on March 1, 2020. DLIR reminds everyone that the UI and PUA systems continue to be the target of fraudsters which impedes the processing of legitimate claims. Read the full announcement.

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