10/13/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

October 13, 2020
Aloha from the office of U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard!
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving on Army Reserve duty today. While she is away, we will send you these Coronavirus-related updates on her behalf. We are continuing to work on behalf of residents across Hawaiʻi through individual constituent casework and coordination with authorities, as well as working in Washington, D.C. to bring resources and support to the people of Hawai‘i.
So if you are in need of assistance, please call us at (808) 541-1986 or email TulsiOffice@mail.house.gov.
—Office of U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)

COVID-19 News & Resources

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since Friday, the Department of Health reports a total of 275 new cases and 7 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 2,704 active cases in the state.
173 have died
951 required hospitalization
10,834 have been released from isolation
There have been 458,472 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 = 308 (+8 from the previous week) *
  • Number of Trained Tracers in Reserve = 507 **
  • Percent of New Infections Whose Contacts are Traced within 24 Hours = ***
  • Infection Rate = ***, but COVID Act Now reports 0.95. (+0.01 since Friday)
* The DOH only has weekly numbers. These are for the week of Oct. 5-Oct. 11
** The state provides numbers on its new dashboard but does not indicate what time period the data covers.
*** 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.
Free Meals for Kids Extended Through School Year — On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. This unprecedented move is part of USDA’s unwavering commitment to ensuring all children across America have access to nutritious food as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full announcement here.
Kapolei Hale Permit Center Remains Closed For Now — The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) Kapolei Hale permit center will remain closed to the public, except for limited service, until Oct. 20 after three employees there tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. With three workers testing positive and several in quarantine, the DPP is unable to provide adequate staffing at the Kapolei permit center. Customers may drop off permit applications and plans, but there will not be any person-to-person contact with DPP staff. Plan reviews also will be curtailed while the employees are out. Telephone calls are still being answered. All other services, including payment of completed permits, are still available at the downtown permit center in the Fasi Municipal Building. The Kapolei permit center has been closed since the afternoon of Oct. 2 following a power outage, and has remained closed to the public because of the staffing issue.
Fresh Produce Distribution Tomorrow on Lāna‘i — Mayor Michael Victorino announced a produce distribution will take place Wednesday, Oct. 14, to provide produce for families impacted by COVID-19 on Lāna‘i. Produce distribution for the general public will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., or until supplies run out, in the County parking lot located between the County gym and school cafeteria. Cars may line up at 2 p.m. for distribution. Bags will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To maximize social distancing, produce distribution will be done in a grab-and-go drive-through (no walk up). Motorists will have the option of getting bags placed in their vehicle’s trunk or rear cargo area. Recipients must wear face masks. Read the announcement on the County’s website.
CARES Act Funds For COVID-19 Impacted Home Rent and Mortgage — Remember, The Hawai‘i Island Home for Recovery is a program that uses CARES Act funds to help those who are struggling financially because of COVID-19 to pay home rent and mortgage payments. You can get up to $2,000 a month through the program if you qualify. For more information, visit the program’s website: https://www.hihrecovery.org/.
REMINDER: Food Distribution on Kaua‘i — During yesterday’s video update, Mayor Kawakami took the opportunity to remind county residents of the various food distribution programs available in the coming days and through the end of the year to help those impacted by COVID-19. Please watch his video message for more details.
This message was sent by the Office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard in compliance with guidance provided by the Committee on House Administration and the Army Reserve. The use of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Army Reserve or the Department of Defense.

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