10/14/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
October 14, 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 yesterday, the Department of Health reports a total of 101 new cases and 10 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 2,753 active cases in the state.
 
 
183 have died
961 required hospitalization
10,883 have been released from isolation
 
There have been 462,541 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
 
As a result of updated information, two cases were removed from the counts. Also, 7 of the 10 reported deaths had passed away earlier but had yet to be reported.
 
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. (no change since yesterday)
 
* 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 592 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.
 
Last Chance to Complete the 2020 Census — Self-response and field data collection operations for the 2020 Census will conclude on October 15, 2020. Read the full announcement here.
 
Please note that:
 
  • Internet self-response will be available across the nation through October 15, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST), (through 5:59 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on October 16, 2020). Visit 2020Census.gov to respond today.
  • Phone response will be available for its regularly scheduled time on October 15, 2020. Click here for schedule and a list of numbers.
  • Paper responses must be postmarked by October 15, 2020.
  • Nonresponse Followup census takers will continue resolving nonresponding addresses through the end of the day on October 15, 2020.
 
Remember, doing your part to complete the questionnaire takes only a few minutes, but will have an impact on Hawai‘i for the next 10 years!
 
We must be counted so please complete your 2020 U.S. Census today and encourage your family, neighbors, and friends to do the same!
 
New News from the State Department Office of Passport Services — Passport Services is now offering a limited number of appointments at its agencies and centers for customers who have urgent international travel within 72 hours (3 business days) for reasons other than a life-or-death emergency, such as business or leisure trips.
 
While the office continues to prioritize customers with life-or-death emergencies, its current staffing resources enable it to offer only 10 percent of our normal appointment capacity at every passport agency and center.
 
Later this fall, Passport Services plans to offer 25 percent of normal appointment capacity. However, walk-in services are not available at this time.
 
Passport Services encourages applicants to apply well in advance of planned international travel using routine service (10-12 weeks) or optional expedited service (4-6 weeks).  The limited appointments at agencies and centers will help constituents who are traveling in less than 4-6 weeks.
 
Please keep in mind these requirements:
 
  • Make an appointment online (https://passportappointment.travel.state.gov/) or by calling 1-877-487-2778. The appointment date must be within 3 business days of the travel, but the appointment can be made up to two weeks before travel.
  • Be able to show printed proof of international travel (such as a flight itinerary, hotel reservation, cruise tickets, or international car insurance)
  • Be able to show the date of international travel is within 72 hours (3 business days)
  • Pay the $60 expedite fee in addition to the regular application fees
  • Wear a cloth face covering while inside the agency
  • If you need a foreign visa, the date of their appointment must be within 10 business days of your international travel.
 
For these and other updates, visit http://travel.state.gov/.
 
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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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