10/07/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, the Department of Health reports a total of 110 new cases and 3 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 2,436 active cases in the state.
163 have died
894 required hospitalization
10,573 have been released from isolation
There have been 440,089 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, two cases were removed from the counts. The DOH changed its formatting for reporting tests conducted and, as such, the total number conducted to date reported today is less than what was reported yesterday.
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. (no change 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.
VA Resumes Certain In-Person Benefits Services Halted by the COVID-19 Response — The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the reestablishment of in-person benefits services in select locations throughout the country. Currently, there are 11 regional offices (RO) open to the public and more are expected to reopen in the coming weeks as reopening phases will vary by RO and local conditions. ROs will continue adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines which includes the use of social distancing, face coverings, hand sanitizer and asking sick individuals to stay at home. Veterans can continue to interact with the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) virtually for accessing benefits information online or when filing a claim online. For claim-specific questions call 1-800-827-1000. To check the availability of an RO near you, visit VA benefits offices.
DOH Guidance for a Safe Halloween — Although Halloween traditions in Hawai‘i may look different this year, there are still many ways families can have fun while avoiding the scare of being exposed to or spreading the virus. DOH is recommending celebrating with your household members at home and avoiding traditional door-to-door trick or treating where treats are handed to children or children take candy from a shared bucket. These are high-risk activities as they can result in close contact and crowding among people outside your household. For more tips to stay safe this holiday season visit: https://hawaiicovid19.com/hawaii-department-of-health-offers-guidance-for-a-safe-halloween/.
Mass Testing Underway at Correctional Facilities Statewide — PSD’s Health Care Division is working with DOH, the Hawaiʻi National Guard and community partners, to conduct mass testing for COVID-19 at all correctional facilities statewide. Test results for 13 Halawa Correctional Facility staff were received today. All 13 were negative. The Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) began their staff testing yesterday with the help of the Hawaiʻi National Guard. Of the 70 OCCC inmate results received, six were positive and 64 were negative. There are no inmates hospitalized. The total number of inmates who have recovered is at 338. The number of PSD staff who have recovered and returned to work increased to 94. To view more on PSD’s planning and response efforts to COVID-19: http://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/.
Maui County Launches Free Transportation Shuttle Service to Wailuku Town — The County of Maui, Department of Management announced the launch of a free transportation shuttle service to Wailuku Town, starting Wednesday, Oct. 7. The free shuttle service called, “Da Bee,” features two brand-new, 22-seater vehicles. The shuttles are both low-emission, ADA accessible and include seat belts. The service is part of the County’s mitigation efforts to reduce traffic during the Wailuku Town Improvement Project. Employees who work in Wailuku can park for free at the Maui Lani Safeway and catch Da Bee shuttles to various “flower” stops in Wailuku. Residents in the Kehalani area can also hop on board for a quick ride to work and other stops in town. Learn more here.

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