10/23/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

October 23, 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 131 new cases and 3 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 3,120 active cases in the state.
209 have died
1,057 required hospitalization
11,292 have been released from isolation
There have been 496,293 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, two 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 0.93. (+0.02 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 534 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.
USDA Funds Fourth Round of Farmers to Families Program — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it has authorized $500 million for a fourth round of purchases for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. USDA is issuing solicitations for the fourth round to existing Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) holders and expects to award contracts by Oct. 30 for deliveries of food boxes from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. Read the full announcement.
Email to Help Answer Questions About Safe Travels Hawai‘i Program — The state has created an email account to help answer traveler’s questions on the Safe Travels Hawaiʻi program. The email is info@gohawaii.com, and can be found in the “Helpful Resources” section of the Daily News Digests going forward. A link is also included to an overview of the program and a page with FAQs. To view more: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel.
800 PCR Tests, 13,000 Masks, and a Virtual Town Hall to Tackle Lānaʻi Outbreak — Mayor Michael Victorino announced that 800 PCR tests and 11,300 masks are being provided to Lānaʻi residents and local health officials to assist COVID-19 operations on the island. The County is also partnering to provide a virtual community meeting today (Oct. 23) at 6 p.m. HST, where the Hawai‘i National Guard will present COVID-19 health-related information for the Lānaʻi community. Click here for more details.
REMINDER: DOH Guidance for a Safe Halloween — Although Halloween traditions in Hawai‘i may look different this year, there are still many ways families can have fun while avoiding the scare of being exposed to or spreading the virus. DOH is recommending celebrating with your household members at home and avoiding traditional door-to-door trick or treating where treats are handed to children or children take candy from a shared bucket. These are high-risk activities as they can result in close contact and crowding among people outside your household. For more tips to stay safe this holiday season visit https://hawaiicovid19.com/safe-halloween/.
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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