11/06/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

November 6, 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 122 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. 
219 have died
1,147 required hospitalization
As of yesterday, 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 556,096 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 1.01 (+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 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.
VA honors caregivers of Veterans throughout November — During National Family Caregivers Month this November, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will honor the caregivers of Veterans for their invaluable health care, acknowledging the critical role they play in caring for Veterans every day — and even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. VA medical centers nationwide will host virtual events to raise awareness of the Caregiver Support Program’s recent expansion and to highlight the contributions of Veterans’ caregivers. Learn more here
Free Drive-through COVID-19 Testing Saturday, November 7 in Kona —  Free drive-through COVID-19 testing will be provided in Kona on Saturday, November 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please be advised that there will be NO testing in Hilo on Saturday, November 7. The testing will take place at West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway in Kona from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. No insurance is necessary to be tested, but please bring your insurance card if you have one. Please be sure to wear a face covering at all times, and observe social distancing.
Hawai‘i County Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program (RMAP) Disbursing $8.25 Million In Housing Assistance Grants — Six Hawaii Island-based nonprofit organizations joined today to announce the Hawaii County Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program (RMAP) has closed its applications effective November 5, 2020. The program’s on-island nonprofit partners will process remaining applications in their pipeline and refer all RMAP applicants to additional services. By the end of November, a total of $8.25 million in housing assistance grants will have been disbursed, helping more than 3,500 island residents with housing payments since the program’s inception in August. More information about these programs and recorded information sessions on these available services will be posted on the Hawaii County RMAP website at https://sites.google.com/view/hawaiicountyrmap.
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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