09/14/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

September 14, 2020
I just arrived in Washington a few hours ago and just completed our first votes of the week.
As you may know, Lt. Gov. Josh Green was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 after being exposed to an infected member of his staff. I wish him the best and a speedy recovery as we need him back on the frontlines of our response to this pandemic.
None of us are invincible when it comes to this disease, which is why we all need to take precautions to protect ourselves and those around us.
While we do our part, the state still needs to increase testing and tracing capacity as the cluster outbreak at the Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home has shown us. Our nation’s heroes and their families made profound sacrifices for the country we love, and it is our honor to care for them in their time of need. Losing twelve of my fellow veterans to COVID-19 leaves a profound hole in our hearts.
We need to make sure administrators know that copious testing, quick results, and tracing contacts are necessary as well as better physical siloing of workers at nursing homes, schools, and other facilities in which there are a large number of people to avoid cross-contamination.
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 Friday, there were a total of 320 new cases and 3 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 7,060 active cases in the state.
99 have died
638 required hospitalization
3,693 have been released from isolation
There have been 352,137 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, multiple cases were removed from the counts.
Tracing in Hawai‘i — The people of Hawai‘i should know how many active tracers there are on a given day, how many we have trained in reserve, what percentage of individuals with new infections they have contacted within 24 hours, and the state’s Infection Rate. This virus moves within a day, we need daily numbers to keep up with it.
  • Number of Active Tracers = DOH only has weekly numbers (293 total for Sep. 7-Sep. 13, that is +82 from the previous week)
  • Number of Trained Tracers in Reserve = DOH only has weekly numbers (507 for Sep. 7-Sep. 13, that is -28 from the previous week)
  • Percent of New Infections Whose Contacts are Traced within 24 Hours = DOH has not provided this information
  • Infection Rate = No DOH information, COVID Act Now reports 0.85.
George Washington University reports that, given the number of infections and the rate of infection in Hawai‘i today, the state should have 1,345 active tracers. The GWU contact tracing tool can be found in the CDC’s guidance on contact tracing.
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.
Taking the Bus on Kaua‘i? Remember your mask! — While the Kaua‘i Bus drivers have been providing face masks for riders for most of the year, supplies are running low. While a face mask covering will still be required to ride the bus, drivers will no longer hand out masks starting on Wednesday, September 16. So, while you are welcome to ride, please remember to bring and wear your own mask. Mahalo! Watch Mayor Kawakami’s reminder in his latest video update.
VA and Non-Profit Orgs Tackle Veteran Homelessness, Suicide — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it recently awarded $1.3 million in grants to 11 regional homelessness nonprofit organizations to bolster suicide prevention services for Veterans who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Read more about this at VA.gov.
HHS Offering Testing in Hawai‘i ‘til September 18th — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering free COVID-19 testing at over a dozen locations throughout the state through September 18.
Visit https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/ for more information. Currently these sites are listed:
Hawaiʻi Island
Pāhoa Pharmacy
15-2660 Pāhoa Village Rd #205, Pāhoa
Aloha Stadium
95-500 Salt Lake Blvd, Honolulu
DOT Harbors Division
521 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu
Waiʻalae Iki Neighborhood Park
4838 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, Honolulu
Kailua District Park
21 South Kainalu Drive, Kailua
Walmart Pearl City
1131 Kuala St, Pearl City
Westside Pharmacy (HI)
1-3845 Kaumualiʻi Hwy, Hanapēpē

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