09/21/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 News & Resources

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since Friday, the Department of Health reports a total of 242 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 6,543 active cases in the state. (Note: There is a lag in Department of Health COVID-19 related deaths, and this number does not include the most recent deaths of veterans at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home).
120 have died
735 required hospitalization
4,888 have been released from isolation
There have been 387,200 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.
  • Number of Active Tracers = 293 (+82 from the previous week) **
  • Number of Trained Tracers in Reserve = 507 (-28 from the previous week) **
  • Percent of New Infections Whose Contacts are Traced within 24 Hours = ***
  • Infection Rate = ***, but COVID Act Now reports 0.76. (no change from Friday)
** The DOH only has weekly numbers. These are the numbers for the week of Sep. 7-Sep. 13.
*** the DOH provides no information.
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.
State announces $10 Million in Innovation Grants for PPE Supply Chain for Hawai‘i small businesses — Three companies were among the first group of businesses to receive funding to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) under a program administered by the Hawai‘i Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) and the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT). Over $1 million in grants were awarded to Hawai‘i small businesses to help establish a local supply chain of cleaning supplies and PPE in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Awards can range between $10,000 to $500,000, with larger awards possible if determined necessary by HTDC. The program was appropriated $10 million of federal CARES Act funds by the Hawai‘i State legislature. Online applications are being accepted now through HTDC’s website at www.htdc.org. Completed applications are due no later than October 26, 2020. Learn more here.
State Launches Job Program for Displaced Workers — Nonprofit organizations, the private sector and government have joined together to launch a program using federal CARES Act funding that will support Hawai‘i’s economy by providing businesses with up to 650 workers who have been displaced in the current economic crisis. The economic stimulus program is supported by $10 million in federal CARES Act funding that was secured with the help of Hawai‘i’s Congressional delegation and disbursed locally through an appropriation by the Hawai‘i State Legislature. Read more about this initiative online here
USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus — An additional $14 billion dollars has been made available for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup will begin today, September 21 and run through December 11, 2020, for this next round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments (CFAP 2). Producers whose agricultural operation has been impacted by the pandemic since April 2020 are encouraged to apply for CFAP 2. Specialty crops are included in the Sales Commodities category, which also includes aquaculture, nursery crops and floriculture. More information about CFAP 2 is in the full announcement.
SBA Awards Up to $3 Million in Grants to Organizations Supporting Small Business Innovation and R&D Commercialization — The U.S. Small Business Administration granted 24 awards up to $125,000 each for specialized training, mentoring, and technical assistance for R&D-focused small businesses under the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program administered by the SBA’s Office of Innovation and Technology.  FAST seeks to improve outcomes in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs for underserved communities by increasing participation from women-owned, rural-based, and socially economically disadvantaged small businesses. In Hawai‘i, the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) has received an award. 

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