10/26/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

October 26, 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 Hawaiʻi.
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 Hawaiʻi — Since Friday, the Department of Health reports a total of 245 new cases and 3 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 3,209 active cases in the state.
212 have died
1,067 required hospitalization
11,444 have been released from isolation
There have been 508,490 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, multiple cases were removed from the counts.
Tracing in Hawaiʻi — The people of Hawaiʻi 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 = 328 (+20 from the previous week) *
  • Number of Trained Tracers in Reserve = *
  • Percent of New Infections Whose Contacts are Traced within 24 Hours = **
  • Infection Rate = **, but COVID Act Now reports 1.01 (+0.08 since Friday)
NOTE: An infection rate of greater than 1 means that the disease is spreading faster than it is being contained.
* The state provides numbers on its new dashboard. It previously indicated the number of tracers it had trained and in reserve, but not active. This number is currently not reported.
** the DOH provides no information.
George Washington University reports that, given the number of infections and the rate of infection in Hawaiʻi 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.
HHS Expands Relief Fund Eligibility and Updates Reporting Requirements — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the latest Provider Relief Fund (PRF) application period has been expanded to include provider applicants such as residential treatment facilities, chiropractors, and eye and vision providers that have not yet received Provider Relief Fund distributions. On October 1, 2020, HHS announced it would be making up to $20 billion in new Phase 3 General Distribution funding available for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. HHS is also focused on ensuring the safe continuity of all types of healthcare delivery despite this pandemic. As such, the Administration is committed to providing relief resources in an equitable manner to assist the diverse health care provider community regardless of whether they accept Medicare or Medicaid payments. HHS is also announcing it will be updating its most recent PRF reporting instructions to broaden use of provider relief funds.
Over $7 Billion Paid in Second Round of USDA CFAP — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that in the first month of the application period, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. CFAP 2 provides agricultural producers with financial assistance to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full announcement and you can use the CFAP dashboard to get details on aid to Hawaiʻi.
Hawaiʻi Activates Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits — The Hawai‘i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced that it would launch Federal-State Extended benefits (EB) beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 27 to Hawai‘i workers who have exhausted their state and federal jobless benefits. The Federal-State Extended benefits (EB) program kicks in after an unemployed individual exhausts twenty-six weeks of state unemployment and the thirteen weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). Claimants must be unemployed or underemployed and be able to work and available for work. The program’s weekly benefit amount is the same as the individual received for regular state unemployment insurance. With the additional thirteen weeks, an eligible claimant may receive up to fifty-two weeks of benefits. Read the full announcement.
Stay At Home Order Requested for Lānaʻi, Starting Oct. 27 — As of Friday, the County of Maui anticipates issuing a mandatory Stay At Home order for Lānaʻi residents and visitors beginning 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. The County is restricting travel to and from Lānaʻi to only essential work or medical purposes. All other travelers would be required to quarantine for 14 days. Maui County is requesting that Governor Ige allow changes to Maui County’s Public Health Emergency Rules, without prior state approval. Read the full announcement.
Senior Fair Drive-through Gift Bag Distribution — Gift bags from the 47th Annual Maui County Senior Fair will be distributed on various days and locations Countywide. The Maui County Office on Aging, in collaboration with Maui Economic Opportunity Inc., virtually produced the senior fair on Friday October 23, 2020. The gift bags feature items from sponsors and vendors. They will be available for drive-through pickup countywide Tuesday through Friday. Read the full announcement for details.
Mayor Kawakami Clarifies Testing Guidelines as Travel Resumes — Kauaʻi Mayor Derek Kawakami used last Friday’s video update to help clarify requirements and guidelines for travelers who have questions about the state and county update quarantine and testing rules. Please watch his update to help better prepare yourself for travel. The goal is to reopen to travel safely and help minimize inconvenience. Learning more about the process in advance will go a long way to helping do so. Watch the video.
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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