08/21/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
August 21, 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 230 new cases and 1 additional COVID-19 related death. There are currently 3,977 active cases in the state.
To date, there are 6,072 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of these cases:
46 have died
337 required hospitalization
2,072 have been released from isolation
There have been 223,985 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, two cases were 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.
Governor Extends Precautionary Measures — Gov. David Ige’s twelfth supplementary emergency proclamation extends the COVID-19 emergency period through Sept. 30. The emergency proclamation leaves in place the 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers and the inter-island travel quarantine only for travelers arriving in the counties of Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, Maui and Kalawao (Kalaupapa).
The proclamation also empowers the counties to establish an Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ) through agreements with resort or hotel facilities. Participating travelers would be required to stay in clearly defined geographical areas and ensure limited contact with those not subject to self-quarantine.
The proclamation mandates that all persons must wear masks in compliance with the county orders, rules and directives approved by the governor and extends the prohibition on evictions for non-payment of rent until Sept. 30.
Big Island Clarifies Face Mask Rules — Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim issued his COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 10, which clarifies the mandatory requirements for wearing face coverings while in public settings. The Rule spells out certain exempt instances such as health conditions in which face coverings are not required, while mandating that face coverings be worn in most circumstances while in public. Under the Rule, a business or organization may refuse to allow entry or service to a worker, customer, or patron that refuses to wear a face covering.
Hawai‘i County Seeks to Extend Emergency Precautions — Mayor Kim is asking the Governor to approve Rule 11, which would accomplish the following:
1. Extend the COVID-19 emergency period to September 30, 2020;
2. Limit social gathering group sizes to 10 persons indoors and 10 persons outdoors;
3. Reduce group sizes of sports practices to 25 persons (from 35), and competitive play to 50 persons (from 100); and
4. Continue the self-quarantine requirements for all travel to Hawai‘i Island.
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.