10/06/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
October 6, 2020
With the proposed relaxing of the 14-day quarantine for trans-Pacific travelers to Hawai‘i just days away from being implemented, residents still have questions and concerns about the testing and tracing plans in place to keep them safe.
Neighbor island County Mayors have signaled their concern about welcoming travelers without additional precautions, such as a quick test to be administered to guests upon arrival.
We must have preventative measures to be able to prevent new infections and contain the ones that get through our safety net. If Hawai'i is not prepared, reopening could lead to another spike — and our public officials will be held responsible. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen.
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,
Member of Congress (HI-02)
COVID-19 News & Resources
Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, the Department of Health reports a total of 83 new cases and 3 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 2,377 active cases in the state.
To date, there are 12,937 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of these cases:
160 have died
889 required hospitalization
10,526 have been released from isolation
There have been 441,593 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
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 0.93. (-0.02 since yesterday)
* 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 621 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.
IRS extends Economic Impact Payment deadline to Nov. 21 — The Internal Revenue Service announced that the deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) is now November 21, 2020. This new date will provide an additional five weeks beyond the original deadline. The IRS urges people who don't typically file a tax return – and haven't received an Economic Impact Payment – to register as quickly as possible using the Non-Filers: Enter Info Here tool on IRS.gov. The tool will not be available after November 21. Read the full announcement here for more information.
County of Maui announces $2.5 million Agriculture Micro Grant Program — The County of Maui and Maui Economic Opportunity launched today a $2.5 million program to assist small local farmers in Maui County. The Agriculture Micro Grants Program provides grant funding of up to $25,000 to farmers on Maui, Molokai and Lana‘i. Learn more about what are the farm qualifications for the program and where to apply by reading the full announcement.
Latest COVID-19 Talk Story on Na Leo TV airs Live on October 8 — The latest episode of Na Leo TV’s COVID-19 Talk Story series will air live on Thursday, October 8 from 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Public Access Channel 53, as part of an ongoing initiative to reach out to the Hawai‘i Island community amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guests for the 30-minute segment include:
Eric Honda, Department of Health District Office in Hilo;
Talmadge Magno, Civil Defense Administrator, regarding reopening Hawai‘i, transpacific travel policy;
Sharon Hirota, Executive Assistant, Mayor’s Office, with a summary of available financial assistance programs;
Mary Ann Otake, Hawai‘i First on Financial Navigator Program
Maile Lavea-Malloe, Hawai‘i Community Lending regarding Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program;
Chad Hasegawa, Hawai‘i County Economic Opportunity Council (HCEOC), regarding KEEP On Utility Program
Mel Ventura, Hawai‘i Community FCU regarding Small Business & Non-Profit Grant Program
Following Thursday’s live broadcast, Na Leo program will rebroadcast the program online at Na Leo’s Video on Demand page at http://naleo.tv/vod/.
Kapolei Satellite City Hall Closed to the Public for In-Person Service Until Monday, Oct. 19 — A customer service representative at the Kapolei Satellite City Hall has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee last worked Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Kapolei Satellite City Hall, which is closed today as the staff undergoes self-quarantine, and the office goes through deep cleaning. The Kapolei Satellite City Hall will remain closed to the public for in-person service until Monday, Oct. 19. Customers with appointments between now and then will be contacted directly to discuss their options. Every service offered at a satellite city hall can be done online, by mail, or at a self-service kiosk for renewing motor vehicle registrations. These options are detailed on the website for the Department of Customer Services at honolulu.gov/csd.