10/28/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
October 28, 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 62 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 3,165 active cases in the state.
To date, there are 14,834 individuals in Hawaiʻi who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of these cases:
213 have died
1,081 required hospitalization
11,605 have been released from isolation
There have been 517,005 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, one case was removed from the counts.
Also, 2 deaths previously reported were subsequently determined to NOT be due to COVID-19.
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 0.98 (-0.01 since yesterday)
* The state provides numbers on its new dashboard. The number of active tracers was last updated on this dashboard on Oct. 26. 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.
HHS Announces Incentive Payments to Nursing Homes — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is announcing it will distribute approximately $333 million in first round performance payments to over 10,000 nursing homes. These nursing homes are being recognized for demonstrating significant reductions in COVID-19 related infections and deaths between August and September. Overall, these nursing homes contributed to 5,000 fewer COVID-19 infections in nursing homes in September than in August. Against both the infection control and mortality criteria, 10,501 nursing homes, or 76 percent, qualified for payments and contributed to 1,200 fewer COVID-19 related nursing home deaths between August and September. Read the full announcement.
Hawaiʻi Activates Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits — The Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) launched Federal-State Extended benefits (EB) on 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.
Hawai‘i Expands Pre-Travel Testing Program to Japan — Japan is being added to Hawai‘i’s pre-travel testing program. Starting Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, travelers from Japan may bypass the State of Hawaiʻi’s mandatory 14-day quarantine if they take a COVID-19 test from a trusted testing partner in Japan. The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and the test must be negative. DOH already approved the use of the COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) conducted by a laboratory authorized by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare for the pre-travel test. As of today, there are a total of 21 trusted testing partners in Japan, which you can find here: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/. Japanese nationals traveling abroad are still subject to a 14-day quarantine upon their return to the country. Travel restrictions on U.S. travel to Japan remain in place. For more information visit: https://www.allhawaii.jp/covid19/.
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