11/03/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

November 3, 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 89 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 3,299 active cases in the state. To date, there are 15,318 individuals in Hawaiʻi who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of these cases:
219 have died
1,124 required hospitalization
11,930 have been released from isolation
There have been 541,485 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 *
Number of Trained Tracers in Reserve = *
Percent of New Infections Whose Contacts are Traced within 24 Hours = **
Infection Rate = **, but COVID Act Now reports 0.95 (-0.01 since yesterday)
* 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.
Applications Accepted For CARES Act Assistance For Fishing Sector — $4.3 million in federal assistance has been allocated for Hawaiʻi commercial fishing businesses, charter fishing businesses, qualified aquaculture operations, wholesale seafood dealers and processors, subsistence/cultural/ceremonial fishers, and other fishery-related businesses that have experienced revenue losses greater than 35%, or any negative impacts to subsistence, cultural, or ceremonial fisheries. Entities eligible for funding include. For questions about eligibility or to apply, email dlnr.aquatics@hawaii.gov. Read more.
Free Weekly Drive-Up Testing Wednesdays in Hilo — Free drive-up testing will be held tomorrow 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.
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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