10/30/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

October 30, 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 94 new cases and 1 additional COVID-19 related death. There are currently 3,195 active cases in the state.
216 have died
1,097 required hospitalization
11,738 have been released from isolation
There have been 526,030 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 (no change 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.
Over 700 participants help keep Maui County safe in voluntary testing programs — More than 700 participants have taken COVID-19 tests as part of the County of Maui’s free voluntary testing programs, which started Oct. 17. So far, only one case has been confirmed out of the tests administered. The test is offered for residents and visitors traveling into Maui County. Visitors must have taken a pre-departure test to be eligible for the free post-arrival test. Visitors should take the second test 72 hours or later after they arrive into Maui County. Participants must pre-register for the voluntary tests at www.MinitMed.com. If you have any problems pre-registering, please call (808) 667-6161, ext. 7. Learn more about the program here
Free COVID-19 Testing in Hilo at Civic Auditorium on Monday, November 2 — Free drive-through COVID-19 testing will be provided on Monday, November 2, at the Civic Auditorium in Hilo from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Please enter from Kuawa Street entrance. No insurance is necessary to be tested, but please bring your insurance card if you have one. No co-pay for individuals being tested. Please be sure to wear a face covering at all times, and observe social distancing. For further information, please call Civil Defense at 935-0031.
SBA to Kick Off National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 2-6 — The U.S. Small Business Administration will celebrate the accomplishments of veteran, service member, and military spouse small business owners nationwide during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW), Nov. 2-6. This year marks the seventh annual NVSBW. During NVSBW, each day will be devoted to a different topic related to veteran entrepreneurship. National-level events include topics in transition assistance, entrepreneurial training, stakeholders and resources, access to capital, and government contracting. The SBA Hawai‘i District Office encourages veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses to register now for local NVSBW events. Learn more and register online here
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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