09/03/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

September 3, 2020
Yesterday, I hosted a telephone town hall event to discuss the surge in cases we have seen in Hawai‘i since June which has led to thousands of positive COVID-19 cases, hundreds of new hospitalizations, and dozens of deaths.
You can listen to the complete town hall online by visiting my website.
This week, the Department of Health Director, Dr. Bruce Anderson retired.
Dr. Sarah Park, the state’s epidemiologist who had already been removed as head of the contact tracing program, has reportedly continued to interfere and sow confusion within DOH preventing her successor from fixing the failed contact tracing program.
It is well past time for Dr. Park to be removed from the DOH so it can have the clean break it needs to get back on track. We need a more robust testing and tracing program and we need daily, public reports with real numbers about testing and tracing efforts including how many tracers are active and how many contacts they are reaching each day. We need to increase the number of tests we do and the speed at which we get results.
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 211 new cases and 4 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 6,399 active cases in the state.
79 have died
573 required hospitalization
2,778 have been released from isolation
There have been 284,177 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.
August Saw Huge Numbers for COVID-19 in Hawai‘i — Total tests performed as reported by DOH increased from 152,976 to 263,187, an increase of 72%. The month began with 2,111 total cases and ended with 8,472 – a 301% increase.
With an increased number of positive cases all other tracked categories rose as well. Total active cases skyrocketed from 845 to 5,869, a 594% increase statewide.
The total number of patients requiring hospitalization due to COVID-19 increased 183%, starting with 179 and ending the month with 508.
COVID-19 related deaths also increased dramatically by 169%, increasing from 26 deaths on July 31st to 70 deaths on August 31st.
This represents increases more than the previous four months combined in each category.
O‘ahu continues to see the largest increase of cases. The month began with 1,755 and ended with 7,691, a 338% increase. Hawai‘i island followed increasing from 115 cases to 364, a 216% increase. Maui saw a 95% increase beginning with 171 cases and ending the month with 335. Kaua‘i remains fairly constant with very few cases, it started with 47 and ended with 57, a 21% increase over the month.
August 2020 Data for Hawai'i
CDC Guidance: Caring for Someone Sick at Home — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you follow guidance that it has prepared if you are caring for someone with COVID-19 at home or in a non-healthcare setting to protect yourself and others. Learn what to do when someone has symptoms of COVID-19 or when someone has been diagnosed with the virus. This information also should be followed when caring for people who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms.
Big Island County and State Beaches Closed for 2 Weeks — The County of Hawaiʻi has experienced a sustained increase in community associated COVID-19 cases and three COVID-19 deaths. As several clusters have been linked to social gatherings, all County and State Beach Parks on Hawai‘i will be closed for two weeks from September 4 through September 18. The goal is to prevent the further spread of the virus by limiting gatherings at the beaches. You can read the full announcement on the County’s website.

Kaua‘i Reminds Folks to Maintain COVID-19 Precautions During the Holiday — In addition to providing details about the schedule of County services during the Labor Day weekend, Mayor Kawakami also urged residents to be careful during the holiday during his latest video update. While the holiday weekend is a time that families and friends have traditionally gathered, he noted that such large gatherings over the July 4 holiday on O‘ahu has resulted in the skyrocketing COVID-19 infections we have seen in the past two months. He urged to maintain precautionary behavior including limiting non-essential gatherings, maintaining physical distancing when gathering, and always wearing a face mask.

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