09/23/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

September 23, 2020
In about an hour — at 3:00 p.m. HST — I will be hosting a Facebook Live town hall. We wrapped up another day of votes in D.C. and I am looking forward to talking to you soon.
You can watch by visiting www.facebook.com/RepTulsiGabbard. You don’t need a Facebook account to watch.
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, the Department of Health reports a total of 168 new cases and 2 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 6,536 active cases in the state.
122 have died
763 required hospitalization
5,125 have been released from isolation
There have been 395,503 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, one case was removed from the counts.
Tracing in Hawai‘i — The people of Hawai‘i should know how many active tracers there are on any 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 = 265 (-28 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 0.74. (-0.01 since yesterday)
* The DOH only has weekly numbers. These are for the week of Sep. 14-Sep. 20
** The state only has weekly numbers. These are for the week of Sep. 7-Sep. 13.
*** the DOH provides no information.
One of the key problems with data reporting in Hawai‘i continues to be the lack of frequently and consistently updated information about contact tracing. Right now, we are pulling data from two different webpages the state is using to report the data.
George Washington University reports that, given the number of infections and the rate of infection in Hawai‘i today, the state should have 661 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.
Complete the 2020 Census by Sep. 30, Spread the Word! — The count for the 2020 Census will come to a close at the end of the month. That is just 1 week away!
It is so important that everyone in Hawai‘i is counted, so if you have not completed your U.S. Census questionnaire, please do it today. If you have, please remind your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same.
You can complete it online at 2020census.gov.
CDC Announces New Funds to Help States Get Ready for Vaccine — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide $200 million to jurisdictions for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness. Funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) will provide critical infrastructure support to existing grantees through CDC’s immunization cooperative agreement. CDC is awarding $200 million to 64 jurisdictions through the existing Immunizations and Vaccines for Children cooperative agreement. These funds, along with the previous support CDC has provided, will help states prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine. As part of this latest round of support, Hawai‘i is receiving $797,942.
Honolulu Acquires Housing for Isolation/Quarantine Needs — The City and County of Honolulu acquired the property known as the Harbor Arms Hotel located at 98-130 Lipoa Place in ‘Aiea, Hawai‘i on September 18.  The City’s intent in acquiring the property is to increase the availability of low income affordable rental units for families.  However, due to the immediate need to ensure the availability of isolation/quarantine rooms for the COVID19 pandemic, the City will initially dedicate the use of the building for this purpose and will partner with the Department of Health who will provide intake and services. Read the full announcement for more information.

Hawai‘i County Highlighting Drive-Through Testing This Week — There are several drive-through testing sites across the Big Island this week and the County is prominently featuring information about this on its COVID-19 response webpage where you can get more information about when, where, and what to bring.

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