09/01/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

September 1, 2020
My husband and I left the house early this morning to get tests from the H-3 testing site. We got there early and the process was quite efficient.  While the long lines may add some time, I encourage anyone who has not been tested yet to do so. You can register for the test by going to this link and filling out your information.
Testing helps us know where the virus is and where it has been. We need as many people to get tested as possible and get those results quickly so that contact tracers can identify those that may have been exposed to infected individuals so they can isolate and not pass on the virus to others.
Tomorrow at 4:00p.m. HST, I’ll be hosting my next telephone town hall. I’ll be talking about this and contact tracing efforts as well as the recent shake up at the Department of Health and what must be done to get us back on the right track.
Visit my website today to sign up for the telephone town hall.
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 News & Resources

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 181 new cases and 4 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 5,994 active cases in the state.
74 have died
532 required hospitalization
2,634 have been released from isolation
There have been 268,461 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.
Get a FREE COVID-19 Test, Let Others Know Too! — You can visit doineedacovid19test.com to learn more about getting a free COVID-19 test. No doctor referral is needed. The surge tests are being provided to participants through the U.S. government’s Coronavirus Task Force which visited Hawai‘i last week due to the surging number of new COVID-19 infections over the past two months.
Testing is crucial to containing the virus. Yet many people are unaware that free testing is available or are unaware of how important it is to get tested. Please share this information with your family, friends, and neighbors!
Do you need info in different languages to assist you? I have compiled several fliers available in Vietnamese, Tagalog, Marshallese, Korean, Ilocano, Chuukese, and Chinese (Traditional and Simple). Visit my website, gabbard.house.gov/COVID-19/SurgeTesting to view/download them and share!
HHS, USDA, and FCC Team Up to Improve Rural Telehealth — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on the Rural Telehealth Initiative, a joint effort to collaborate and share information to address health disparities, resolve service provider challenges, and promote broadband services and technology to rural areas in America. Rural Americans are acutely affected by gaps in the healthcare system, from hospital closures to a lack of specialty care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rural Americans, who make up more than 15% of the U.S. population, face numerous health disparities compared with their urban counterparts. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of telehealth in delivering quality healthcare to rural Americans. Read more about the initiative on the HHS Department’s website.
Kaua‘i Boys and Girls Clubs Out-of-School Programs — During his most recent video update, Mayor Kawakami highlighted the work of the local Boys and Girls Clubs in helping families through the challenges posed by COVID-19. With multiple facilities across the County, the Boys and Girls Clubs are offering out-of-school programs — complete with COVID-19 precautions like frequent sanitizing of work spaces,  physical distancing, and mask-wearing. Staff help youth ages 7-17 and help students set up computers so they can log in for school and provide assistance in completing their assignments. The program works closely with the Hawai‘i Department of Education.
September is Suicide Prevention Month — This September, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes Suicide Prevention Month highlighting VA’s Be There campaign, reminding Veterans and their loved ones that small actions can make a big difference to Veterans going through difficult times. During this and every month, Be There wants Veterans, community leaders and Veterans’ families and friends to know there is no special training needed to give a Veteran hope. Read more about the initiative on the VA’s website and visit the Be There website.
You can visit The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Hawai‘i also has 24/7 mental health resources that can help. Please visit the Hawai‘i’s Department of Health, Adult Mental Health Division or call the 24/7 Mental Health Access Line, 1-800-753-6879.

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