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

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

October 19, 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 Friday, the Department of Health reports a total of 215 new cases and 2 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 2,946 active cases in the state.
187 have died
1,012 required hospitalization
11,078 have been released from isolation
There have been 479,301 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, multiple cases were 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. (no change 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 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.
Options and Updates for Unemployed Residents Needing Health Insurance Coverage — With the state’s high unemployment rate, the Med-QUEST Division of DHS anticipates the number of those who need health insurance coverage will increase. DHS is encouraging those people to apply for Medicaid immediately. To see if you qualify, go to: http://humanservices.hawaii.gov/blog/med-quest-provides-options-and-updates-for-unemployed-hawaii-residents-in-need-of-health-insurance-coverage/.
Maui Travel Exemption for Same Day or Overnight Medical Purposes — Mayor Michael Victorino announced today that Maui County residents traveling for medical purposes will be exempt from quarantine and will not need to take a pre-departure test for COVID-19. This exemption is available only to those not subject to any other quarantine. Read the full announcement for exemptions and details.
Mayor Kawakami Reviews First Days Under New Travel Rules — Watch the Mayor’s latest video update to learn about how Kaua‘i welcomed visitors to Kaua‘i under the updated travel rules and preventative measures. The video also includes important tips — not just for trans-Pacific travelers, but also residents for inter-island visitors. Watch the video now.
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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