10/05/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update


COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

October 5, 2020
Testing in Hawai‘i — Since Friday, the Department of Health reports a total of 253 new cases and 15 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 2,350 active cases in the state.
157 have died
889 required hospitalization
10,470 have been released from isolation
There have been 438,212 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, multiple cases were removed from the counts. Of the 15 reported COVID-19 deaths, eight of the deaths occurred between August 15 – Sept. 15, 2020.  Eight of the deaths were recently validated and classified as those records became available. COVID-19 deaths are officially reported as records are obtained, reviewed, validated, and the deaths are classified for state and national reporting.
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 = 300 (+12 from the previous week) *
  • Number of Trained Tracers in Reserve = **
  • Percent of New Infections Whose Contacts are Traced within 24 Hours = ***
  • Infection Rate = ***, but COVID Act Now reports 0.95. (+0.02 since Friday)
* The DOH only has weekly numbers. These are for the week of Sep. 28-Oct. 4
** The state had been providing updates via its new dashboard, but this number has not been updated for weeks.
*** 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 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.
VA launches program to send caring letters to 90,000 Veterans — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today its  Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) formally launched the Caring Letters Program, an evidence-based suicide prevention intervention that involves sending periodic messages with simple expressions of care and concern to Veterans who use VA health care and contact the VCL. The program aligns with the 2019 VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines, which suggests brief, non-demanding follow-up communication keeps Veterans engaged and could facilitate opportunities for connecting them with treatment options. Learn more about VA’s suicide prevention resources and programs on the VA website.
Blood Bank of Hawai‘i Blood Drives to Resume on the Big Island — The Blood Bank of Hawaii is returning to the neighbor islands for the first time since March. In addition to whole blood donations, healthy donors who have a positive, lab-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis and have been symptom-free for 28 days can contact the blood bank to learn how they can donate plasma. Blood donors do not need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before collection because the virus is not spread through the blood. However, additional COVID-19 protocols and procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be followed at all collection locations. To protect donors, walk-ins will not be allowed. Donors must make an appointment online or by telephone. People interested in donating blood can do so for three days at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Hilo Stake Cultural Hall. Collection times are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23; and 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Donors can register at bbh.org or call 808-848-4770.
Hawai‘i County Announces COVID-19 Testing Schedule through October 10 — Free COVID-19 testing will be provided at several sites through October 10, 2020.  These drive-through testings will take place on the following schedule:
  • Monday, October 5, Keauhou Shopping Center, 9:00am-Noon
  • Tuesday, October 6, Honoka‘a Sports Complex, 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 7, Keauhou Shopping Center, 9:00am-Noon
  • Wednesday, October 7, Civic Auditorium, Hilo, 3:00pm-6:00pm. Please enter from Kuawa Street entrance.
  • Thursday, October 8, Waimea District Park, 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Friday, October 9, Keauhou Shopping Center, 9:00am-Noon
  • Saturday, October 10, West Hawaii Community Center at 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway in Kona, 9:00am-1:00pm.  
No insurance is necessary to be tested, but please bring your insurance card if you have one.  No co-pay for individuals being tested. Please be sure to wear a face covering at all times, and observe social distancing. For further information, please call Civil Defense at 935-0031.

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