10/27/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

October 27, 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 yesterday, the Department of Health reports a total of 66 new cases and 3 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 3,192 active cases in the state.
215 have died
1,073 required hospitalization
11,523 have been released from isolation
There have been 512,612 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, two 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 0.99 (-0.02 since yesterday)
* 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 526 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.
November 10 Is “National EIP Registration Day” — The Internal Revenue Service set November 10 as "National EIP Registration Day," as the agency and partners across the country launch a final push to encourage everyone who doesn't normally file a tax return to register to receive an Economic Impact Payment. The IRS has already sent nearly 9 million letters to people who may be eligible for the $1,200 Economic Impact Payments but don't normally file a tax return. The letters, along with the special November 10 event, both urge people to use the Non-Filers: Enter Info Here tool, available exclusively on IRS.gov. Read the full announcement.
November 21 at 3 p.m. ET is the deadline to request your Economic Impact Payment if you did not file a 2019 federal tax return, get an Economic Impact Payment, or register for an Economic Impact Payment already.
Hawaiʻi Activates Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits — The Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) has launched Federal-State Extended benefits (EB) beginning today, Tuesday, Oct. 27 for Hawaiʻi 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.
Critically Needed Healthcare Workers to Supplement Local Healthcare Team — About 50 out-of-state healthcare workers attended an onboarding session today, as they arrived to help supplement local healthcare teams in Hawaiʻi. Gov. Ige visited them at the St. Francis Healthcare System in Liliha. This now makes more than 170 additional medical employees that are here in Hawaiʻi to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ll be here through Dec. 26, 2020. The healthcare workers were contracted by DOH through Ohio-based “ProLink Services,” to bolster staffing at both Hawaiʻi hospitals and long-term care facilities. The effort to staff post-acute care facilities is being coordinated by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) and the Healthcare Association of Hawaiʻi (HAH). The job roles were strategically selected to provide maximum value to the state. Individual staff may not remain at the same facility for the duration of their employment. Employees can be quickly mobilized into a “strike team” to assist specific nursing homes or hospitals, should a COVID-19 cluster emerge.
Stay At Home Order on Lānaʻi In Effect Through Nov. 11 — Mayor Michael Victorino announced that the County of Maui received approval from the Governor to issue a mandatory Stay At Home order for Lānaʻi residents and visitors beginning 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Under the order, Lānaʻi residents and visitors may leave home or their place of lodging for only essential work and essential activities. Only one member of a household should leave at a time, unless other family members such as children and disabled persons cannot be left alone. All travel will be restricted to only essential work or medical purposes. All other travelers would be required to quarantine for 14 days. The order will remain in place until Nov. 11. Essential workers traveling to Lānaʻi may request limited quarantine by visiting www.MauiCounty.gov.
TheBus Operator Tests Positive for COVID-19 — On Monday, A TheBus operator informed Oʻahu Transit Services, Inc. (OTS) that they had tested positive for COVID-19. The operator’s last day of work was Sun., Oct. 18. Since the operator has not been at work since the 18th, there has been no exposure to the public or other employees.
All buses and vans are disinfected daily by wiping down all touch surfaces manually with a strong anti-virus disinfectant and receive nightly disinfecting fogging using an electrostatic spraying system. All OTS employees are temperature checked daily.
The City continues to remind the public that only essential trips should be taken on public transit, and that wearing a face mask or covering while entering and riding on a bus or a TheHandi-Van is required. Transit riders should continue practicing good hygiene and social distancing. People who are sick or in poor health conditions should stay at home and not ride public transit.
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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