09/16/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 102 new cases and 3 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 6,813 active cases in the state.
103 have died
667 required hospitalization
4,105 have been released from isolation
There have been 358,335 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
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 0.77. (-0.04 from yesterday)
George Washington University reports that, given the number of infections and the rate of infection in Hawai‘i today, the state should have 932 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.
People’s Open Markets Resuming This Saturday — The People’s Open Markets will resume their regular schedule beginning this Saturday, Sep. 19, with five rotating market locations for that day spanning from Kalihi to Hawai‘i Kai. The markets were most recently closed beginning Saturday, Aug. 8 as part of Emergency Order 2020-23. Their closure was made in an effort to combat the second surge of COVID-19 cases. Under the current Emergency Order 2020-26, certified farmers’ markets are considered essential businesses. With park parking lots reopened, the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation decided to resume market operations once the attendance of enough market vendors was confirmed. Read the full announcement for more information and precautionary measures.
Free COVID-19 Testing on Hawai‘i Island — Mayor Harry Kim announced free COVID-19 testing on Thursday, Sep. 17 in Oceanview, Kahuku Park-Paradise Circle, upper parking lot, 9am-1pm. And free Testing on Saturday, Sep. 19 at Civic Auditorium in Hilo, 9am-1pm.

IRS Expanding Access to Spanish and Other Languages — As part of a larger effort to reach underserved communities, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is taking a number of aggressive steps to expand information and assistance available to taxpayers in additional languages, including providing the Form 1040 in Spanish for the first time. In addition to being available in English and Spanish, the 2020 Form 1040 will also give taxpayers the opportunity to indicate whether they wish to be contacted in a language other than English. This is a new feature available for the first time this coming filing season. Read more about this initiative on IRS.gov.

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