11/02/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
November 2, 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 228 new cases and 3 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 3,279 active cases in the state.
 
 
219 have died
1,111 required hospitalization
11,868 have been released from isolation
 
There have been 537,421 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 = 387 * (+59 from the number reported October 15)
  • 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 Friday)
 
* The state provides numbers on its website. The number of active tracers is currently presented for the week of October 26-November 1. The state 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. 
 
Free Weekly Drive-Up Testing Wednesdays in Hilo — Free drive-up testing will be held Wednesdays from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Hilo outside the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. No appointments are necessary, and results can be accessed online or via text. Read more.
 
Free Community Testing Event Nov. 5 On Molokaʻi — Free testing will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center. All participants must pre-register by visiting minitmed.com/pre-register-maui-covid-19. If you have any problem pre-registering, please call (808) 667-6161 ext: 7, for help and more information. Read more.
 
Nearly 400 Tests Administered On Lānaʻi Saturday — Nearly 400 COVID-19 tests were administered to Lānaʻi residents on Saturday during a six-hour mass testing event aimed at curbing the spread of the virus. Well over 3,000 tests have been administered on Lānaʻi since the beginning of the outbreak. There were no positive cases reported Saturday on the island. Read more.
 
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.
 
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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