10/15/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

October 15, 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 91 new cases and 1 additional COVID-19 related death. There are currently 2,809 active cases in the state.
184 have died
978 required hospitalization
10,915 have been released from isolation
There have been 466,030 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 0.94. (-0.01 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 Day to Complete the 2020 U.S. Census — Self-response and field data collection operations for the 2020 Census will conclude today. 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. Hawaiʻi 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.
VA, Blue Star Families Partner to Help Veterans Impacted by COVID-19 — To better support Veterans impacted by COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is partnering with Blue Star Families (BSF) for the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative (CMSI). The mission of CMSI is to share information, maintain engagement and develop best practices and policy approaches to ensure our military families receive the support it deserves. CMSI builds upon previous work between VA and BSF to include comprehensive coverage of the federal response with a daily newsletter; hosting virtual town halls on the key issues impacting the military; identifying best practices and policy solutions and creating a repository to capture frequently asked questions. Read the full announcement.
Maui Adds $1 Million to Small Biz Recovery Fund — The County of Maui has added another $1 million to the Kōkua Maui County Small Business Recovery & Relief Fund, and small businesses now have until Oct. 31, 2020, to apply for grants of as much as $7,500. The additional $1 million in CARES Act funding brings the Kōkua Maui County Small Business Recovery & Relief Fund’s total funding to $7 million. The fund was established in a partnership with local federal credit unions to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19. So far, 859 applications have been approved, with more than $5.6 million disbursed. Twenty-four Molokaʻi businesses have been awarded nearly $143,000, and three Lānaʻi businesses have received over $18,500. Read the full announcement.
Kaua‘i Welcoming Visitors, Keeping Safe with Precautions — In his latest video update, Mayor Kawakami reviews the travel regulations and process for visitors to Kaua‘i in light of the state's new quarantine rules. Please watch the video for more details about how Kaua‘i is keeping safe. Watch the video.
Kiosks at O‘ahu Sack n Save for Renewing Vehicle Registrations — Residents in the Hālawa and Salt Lake areas became the latest to turn renewing a vehicle registration into a convenient part of a visit to the supermarket. A DMV Now kiosk has been installed inside the Sack n Save grocery store at Stadium Marketplace, bringing to seven the total number of these free-standing terminals on Oʻahu that operate much like ATMs. The other six kiosks are deployed at select Safeway stores across the island and the Foodland supermarket at the Waipiʻo Shopping Center. These self-service kiosks are part of the city’s ongoing efforts to shorten lines at satellite city halls and offer convenient transactions for basic government services. The machines have processed and printed, in a matter of minutes, more than 127,000 vehicle registrations and emblems since their debut on O‘ahu in February 2019. Most are open at least until midnight, if not 24/7. Read the full announcement 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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