11/05/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
November 5, 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 100 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. 
 
 
219 have died
1,138 required hospitalization
As of today, the Department of Health is no longer reporting the number of cases that have been released from isolation or the number of active cases in the state.
 
There have been 551,804 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 1.00 (+0.05 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 483 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.
 
Hawai‘i County Accepting Affordable Rental Housing Program Applications — Property owners who comply with the County of Hawaii’s Affordable Rental Housing Program requirements may apply for a reduction in real property taxes for the July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 tax period. Applications are due by December 31, 2020.  Owners are required to submit an application annually. Below are the allowed monthly rents by zip code for the tax year 2021-2022 period. For further details including the application, requirements and benefits, please go to http://www.hawaiipropertytax.com/misc.html or call the County of Hawaii, Real Property Tax office at 961-8201 or 323-4880.
 
Kaua‘i To Offer Outreach Services To Homeless Community During Week Of Nov. 16-20 — The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency, in partnership with the Kaua‘i Community Alliance, will be hosting the second annual Kaua‘i Housing Connect homeless outreach event on Nov. 16, 17 and 20, in three different locations across the island. The schedule for the outreach event is as follows:
 
  • ‘Anini Beach Park: Monday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;
  • Salt Pond Beach Park: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and
  • Lydgate Beach Park: Friday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Approximately 15 non-profit agencies will offer various services including flu vaccinations, vision screening, resource cards, hygiene products, food, and signing up for housing vouchers and bus pass programs. Read more here.
 
Kaua‘i Launches Surge Testing Program — Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami announced that the county is launching a free COVID-19 surge testing program available every Sunday, and urged hospitality industry staff and uninsured residents to participate. he County of Kaua‘i, in partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Health, is providing free COVID-19 testing at rotating sites every Sunday through the end of the year. Participants are asked to register in advance at doineedacovid19test.com. Limited onsite registration will be available for those who are unable to register online. Learn more here
 
Maui Go Green Recycling event set for Saturday, November 14 — The County of Maui Department of Environmental Management announced that the Mālama Maui Nui Go Green Recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 14. The appointment-required event will be in the parking lot mauka/behind the Lahaina District Court at 1870 Honoapiilani Highway in Lahaina. Go Green Recycling is a monthly, community-driven, bulky-item recycling event for residents of West Maui. Visit MalamaMauiNui.org/GoGreen for more information or to request an appointment.
 
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.
 
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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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