08/20/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
August 20, 2020
Aloha from the office of U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard!
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving on Army Reserve duty today. While she is away, we will send you these Coronavirus-related updates on her behalf. We are continuing to work on behalf of residents across Hawaiʻi through individual constituent casework and coordination with authorities, as well as working in Washington, D.C. to bring resources and support to the people of Hawai‘i.
So if you are in need of assistance, please call us at (808) 541-1986 or email TulsiOffice@mail.house.gov.
—Office of U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
COVID-19 News & Resources
Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 236 new cases and 3 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 3,790 active cases in the state.
To date, there are 5,844 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of these cases:
45 have died
317 required hospitalization
2,031 have been released from isolation
There have been 219,986 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.
Queen’s Gets $300K from HHS for Telehealth — Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded over $35 million to more than 50 rural organizations across 33 states as part of a sustained federal effort to increase access to high quality care in rural communities. The awards reflect investments in key areas including telehealth, health workforce training, health research, technical assistance for vulnerable rural hospitals and HIV care and treatment. Among those awarded was The Queen’s Medical Center which received a $300,000 Telehealth Network Grant Program award.
O‘ahu Issues Order Prohibiting Social Gatherings — Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced that Governor David Ige has approved the City and County of Honolulu’s Emergency Order No. 2020-24, prohibiting social gatherings on O‘ahu. This Order is effective on Thursday, August 20, and will continue through Wednesday, September 16. The Emergency Order prohibits indoor and outdoor social gatherings of any type and any number of people. For the purposes of this Order a “social gathering” is a gathering or event that brings together people from multiple households or living units at the same time for a discrete, shared or group experience in a single room, space, or place. This includes coming together in a private home, at a conference room, lunch room, or other indoor or outdoor space. Get the full details from the Mayor’s announcement.
Kaua‘i Food Programs and Blood Drive — Mayor Kawakami used his latest COVID-19 update to let County residents know of food distribution programs to help those in need as well as an upcoming blood drive to help replenish needed stocks — particularly O-negative and O-positive blood. For more information on these programs and events, watch his address.
Waipi‘o Valley Closed Aug. 21-24 — In anticipation of large crowd gatherings combined with the lack of resources to enforce COVID safe physical distancing practices, the County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works announces that public access to Waipi‘o Valley will be closed from 7:00 a.m. Friday, August 21, through 7:00 a.m. Monday, August 24. Read more about this in the Mayor’s announcement.
This message was sent by the Office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard in compliance with guidance provided by the Committee on House Administration and the Army Reserve. The use of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Army Reserve or the Department of Defense.