08/28/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

August 28, 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 265 new cases and 4 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 5,396 active cases in the state.
59 have died
485 required hospitalization
2,410 have been released from isolation
There have been 251,710 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.
State offers ‘one-stop’ crisis hotline — If you need crisis support, including help with COVID-19 isolation and quarantine, access to mental health resources and substance use treatment, Hawai‘i CARES is just a call away. The newly expanded “one-stop” hotline at 832-3100 or 1(800)753-6879 will connect you to advice and resources. “We’re here to listen and help you get through the challenges of the pandemic and beyond,” said program director Kathryn Boyer. The initiative is a partnership with the state Department of Health and the UH Mānoa’s School of Social Work.
DLIR Has Issued $2.9 Billion in Benefits Since March 1 — The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced updated unemployment insurance claims information, including paying $2,918,251,462 and 2,874,671 weeks claimed since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic on March 1, 2020. Read the full announcement
VA announces new clinical trial for Veterans with COVID-19 — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new clinical trial to study convalescent plasma for treating seriously ill COVID-19 patients as part of a larger effort to give Veterans faster access to potential COVID-19 treatments and test the treatments’ effectiveness. The trial is the first of multiple studies in VA Coronavirus Research and Efficacy Studies (VA CURES), a master protocol that offers a standardized framework for studying potential treatments for COVID-19 without the need for a new study design and protocol each time.
Maui Mayor Michael Victorino announces collaboration to create new healthcare jobs and expanded services — Mayor Michael Victorino announced today a new countywide collaboration with various organizations to create healthcare jobs and expand services for kupūna and families using CARES Act funds. The County of Maui’s new HealthCARES Hui is the first initiative that has emerged from Mayor Victorino’s Economic Recovery Task Force, which was comprised of industry leaders to help identify opportunities for relief through CARES Act funds. The County is allocating roughly $1.5 million for the program, which will be spent on hiring and training staff, expanded nutritious food delivery and providing resources and care management. The program also will assist nurses and healthcare workers earn certifications and licenses to allow them to begin working at local medical providers.

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