09/30/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
September 30, 2020
Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, the Department of Health reports a total of 121 new cases and 2 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 2,079 active cases in the state.
To date, there are 12,410 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of these cases:
136 have died
847 required hospitalization
10,298 have been released from isolation
There have been 420,433 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 contact 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 = 288 (+23 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 0.88. (no change since yesterday)
* The DOH only has weekly numbers. These are for the week of Sep. 21-Sep. 27
** The state only has weekly numbers. The updated dashboard no longer indicates for what time period this number is being reported. However, this is the same number that was reported 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 653 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.
Time Is Almost Up! Complete your 2020 U.S. Census Today! — If you have not completed your 2020 U.S. Census, go to 2020census.gov please do so today!
The questionnaire only takes 10 minutes to complete but will have an impact on Hawai‘i for the next 10 years. Every one of us counts so make sure YOU are counted.
If you have already completed the 2020 Census, thank you!
Your participation helps make sure that we get our fair share of representation in Congress as well as federal funds for important projects from improving our roads and schools to making sure vital healthcare and housing programs get the funding they need.
UH Community Colleges Launch Free Work Training Initiative — In an effort to fill the growing employment gap on Oʻahu, UH Community Colleges will be offering free job skills courses this Fall. The initiative, called Oʻahu Back to Work, is a partnership of the City and County of Honolulu and UH.
Oʻahu Back to Work is a short-term employment training program that runs from October 5, 2020 – December 18, 2020. Instructors at seven UH Community College campuses and the Manoa Outreach College will be providing more than 70 courses to O‘ahu participants.
The courses will be mostly virtual and fall under the following career fields: Business, Health, Industrial Engineering, Technology, Natural Resources, Public and Human Services, and Trades.
To view the courses and sign up: https://oahubacktowork.com.
County and State Beach Parks on Hawai‘i Island to Reopen Tomorrow — According to Mayor Harry Kim’s Rule No. 12, the County and State Beach Parks on Hawai‘i Island will reopen on Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 a.m. HST. However, camping at all beach parks and shoreline parks remains prohibited and all persons must continue to abide by face covering, physical distancing conditions. Gatherings larger than 10 people are not permitted.