10/16/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

October 16, 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 Hawai‘i 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.
The House of Representatives is currently not in session and is scheduled to resume legislative business the week of November 16.
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 89 new cases and 1 additional COVID-19 related death. There are currently 2,906 active cases in the state.
185 have died
988 required hospitalization
10,947 have been released from isolation
There have been 469,684 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 = 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. (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.
Safe Travels Hawai‘i Program Now In Effect — Under the Safe Travels Hawai‘i program, travelers now have the option of taking a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a trusted testing partner, and if given a negative result for COVID-19, allowed to bypass the state’s 14-day mandatory quarantine. While the Safe Travels Hawai‘i program is still new and that challenges are to be expected, the state will be monitoring the program closely and adjustments will be made as necessary. To view more details about Safe Travels Hawai‘i and to see a list of FAQs, visit: hawaiicovid19.com.
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University of Hawai‘i Boosts O‘ahu Testing Capacity — Mayor Kirk Caldwell and University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) announced the beginning of testing operations at the new JABSOM Tropical Medicine Lab, expanding COVID-19 surge capacity for traditional diagnostic tests. The program prioritizes COVID-19 test access for underserved, uninsured, and front-line workers who may require multiple tests for safety at their workplace. The JABSOM lab will be able to administer nucleic acid tests at an outdoor walk-up testing site in Kaka‘ako with the ability to get test results back within 24 to 48 hours. For more information on JABSOM’s walk-up testing, please visit https://tmclinicallab.jabsom.hawaii.edu/lab-services/request-testing/. In addition, the lab will be working with Community Health Centers across O‘ahu to perform and process COVID-19 tests. The testing program will expand on-island COVID-19 testing capacity by nearly 500 tests a day during a week where O‘ahu is beginning to welcome back visitors through the State’s pre-travel testing program and as the city continues to move through Honolulu’s Reopening Strategy.
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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