10/29/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

October 29, 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 77 new cases and 2 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 3,159 active cases in the state.
215 have died
1,090 required hospitalization
11,682 have been released from isolation
There have been 521,859 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
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 0.96 (-0.02 since yesterday)
* The state provides numbers on its new dashboard. The number of active tracers was last updated on this dashboard on Oct. 15. 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.
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.
Keep Up-to-Date: Trusted Partners for COVID-19 Pre-Travel Testing — The state of Hawaiʻi will ONLY accept Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test results from trusted testing and travel partners. Visit the State’s website which updates this list as changes are made: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/.
TheBus operator tests positive for COVID-19 — A TheBus operator has tested positive for coronavirus, Oʻahu Transit Services, Inc. (OTS), operator of TheBus and TheHandi-Van confirmed today. On Wednesday, 10/28/2020, the operator confirmed that had tested positive for COVID-19. The operator’s last day of work was 10/16/2020, and has been on leave since. Operator experienced symptoms on 10/27/2020 and got tested the same day. There is no exposure to the public or other employees. Read the full announcement.
First-time Applicants for Kokua Business Recovery & Relief Fund Must Apply by Saturday, Oct. 31 — Mayor Michael Victorino announced an additional $1 million to the Kokua Maui County Small Business Recovery & Relief Fund, bringing the County of Maui’s total for the fund to $8 million in assistance to local businesses. The final deadline for new, first-time applicants is Saturday, Oct. 31. Eligible small businesses can receive a grant of up to $7,500. The fund is available for reimbursable business expenses such as rent/lease payments, utility payments and COVID-19-related safety precautions at a place of business. So far, 926 businesses have been approved, with about $6.2 million disbursed. On Molokai, 31 businesses have been awarded $155,589, and seven Lānaʻi businesses have received over $26,081. The program using CARES Act funds was established in partnership with local federal credit unions to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19. About $1.8 million in funding is still available under the program. Read the full announcement.
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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