Like you, I am worried. I have a Doctorate in Public Health and believe that policy and personal action should be based on evidence, and we should aggressively use all the tools at our disposal.
HELP (click links)
Support local farmers
Oahu Fresh: Call 476-7550
Ma‘o Organic Farms: Call 696-5569
Farm Link Hawaii: 205-5252
Local Harvest: Find Waimanalo farms near you, read reviews or sign up
Stressed? NAMI Hawaii provides free mental health services (808) 591-1297
Domestic violence? Oahu helpline (808) 531-3771 or text (605) 956-5680
One stop: Aloha United Way 2-1-1. They can help sort through the many benefits listed below.
GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES
Grants up to $10,000 to help businesses "pivot" to be able to keep doing business during COVID. Learn more and apply.
phone: (808) 762-5751, (808) 762-5752, (833) 901-2272 and (833) 901-2275. Save in your phone so you know to pick up when they call!
Any errors will result in long delays, so:
- Check employer legal business name
- Use exact date and dollar figures
- Make sure your employer fills out their DLIR paperwork too
SELF EMPLOYED? Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Note: Uber, Lyft, Bite Squad, Door Dash, Rover, Instacart, Delivery Drivers, Grub Hub, or similar Web Platforms apply for regular unemployment, not PUA.
Aloha United Way: 211
Catholic Charities Hawaii: 873-4673, then press 1 and leave a voicemail even though it says "vacant position"
State Rent Relief & Housing Assistance Program Monthly (through December) rent payments of up to $2,000 per household residing in the City and County of Honolulu, or $1,500 per household residing in the Counties of Hawaii, Maui or Kauai. Assistance with rent payment plans or rent negotiation.
HHFDC Rental Assistance Program will pay for $500/month or 1/2 your rent, whichever is lower, to participating landlords of qualified tenants. September 1, 2020, start but approved relief subsidy payments also cover August.
Threat of eviction? Illegal to evict through September 30. Free legal assistance.
Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) provides monthly cash benefits to families for food,
clothing, shelter, and other essentials.
Hoʻāla Assistance Program (HAP) City and County of Honolulu will put up to $2,000/month (additional $500 for childcare) to make direct payments for mortgage, rent payment, utility services, licensed child and elder services, or extended medical coverage (COBRA).
Emergency financial assistance / SNAP / WIC (You shop with a debit card at authorised food retailers)
- Waimanalo District Park. First Thursday and Third Monday of the month, 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
- South Shore Christian Fellowship. 41-539 Makakalo St., Waimanalo, HI 96795. Sundays, 9:00am - 12:00pm.
- St. Matthew's Kokua Food Basket, 41-054 Ehukai St., Waimanalo, HI 96795. Wednesday 5:00pm.
- Closed for now. Central Union Windward, 38 Kaneohe Bay Dr., Kailua, HI 96734. Wednesday, 10-11:30.
CHILD CARE FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS
- Waimanalo - Franci Makaneole. Family child care: Min. age: 2 months, max. age: 6 years, hours: 7:00AM-5:00PM, availability for essential workers: Limited # of spaces (via PATCH) PHONE 808-292-4581
- Kailua - Kama'aina kids for pre-school and school aged children. PHONE 808-263-5554 Keolu and Aikahi locations. https://www.kamaainakids.com/essential-support-childcare-0
- Kailua -Cole Academy. Group child care: Min. age: 2 years, max. age: 7 years, hours: 6:45AM-6:00PM, availability for essential workers: Limited # of spaces (via PATCH) PHONE 808-261-3012
- Kailua -Windward YMCA. PHONE (808) 261-0808 ADDRESS 1200 Kailua Road, Kailua, HI, 96734
FEDERAL CARES ACT LINKS (Sen. Schatz)
INFO ABOUT COVID-19
Why is it so important to "flatten the curve" of the epidemic in Hawaiʻi?
The number of staffed hospital beds, the number of ICU beds and equipment like respirators is fixed in the short term. The real bottle neck is trained health care providers though. When health care providers get sick or are exposed, they have to quarantine and capacity actually decreases. Having more cases than capacity means that life-saving care will have to be rationed.
Our past efforts to flatten the curve were not in vain. We are better prepared than when the virus first hit - hospitals have enough personal protective equipment, they know better how to treat (and not to treat) patients with COVID-19, they have systems and protocols in place for isolating and sanitizing, and testing is now possible.
There are 3 types of tests:
1. A PCR Test looks for virus RNA and tells you if you are infected right now and need to be quarantined. It is usually done with a swab in your nose/throat. Free testing is available for those who are sick or have had contact with a confirmed case.
Drive through screening sites are HERE (click).
Adventist Health Care (Castle) has a drive through site. Call ahead to: 263-5500 *I recieved results in 24 hours from Castle Hospital drive through the last week of August.
2. An Antibody Test tells us whether our immune system has encountered COVID-19. Test are performed with a blood draw at Clinical Labs of Hawaii or Diagnostic Lab Services for $43 and you will receive results in 24 hours. You need a request from your health care provider. If someone is positive we don’t know whether it makes you immune from future infection or whether it makes you unable to transmit COVID-19 to others. Ongoing research should answer these questions in the future. We are hopeful that, like with other corona viruses, antibodies will protect people for a few years.
3. An Antigen Test can be fast, easy and cheap but not as good as the PCR test at detecting lower concentrations of the virus. It looks for proteins from a live virus and can only detect high levels. It is still usefuls as these levels are when people are most likely to spread COVID-19. These tests should become available by this Fall.
Which masks are best.
Masks, even cloth masks, keep people from touching their faces, and keep everyone from spreading droplets containing COVID-19 when they cough, sneeze or breathe. If you are high risk a medical-quality mask, even if it is not N-95 is much better than cloth masks. You can cover it with a washable mask and keep re-using it.
Home made masks protect you more if the cloth is a tighter weave, like good sheets. They also protect you more if they have an additional filter inside, like a cut coffee filter or vaccuum bag.
Wash your cloth masks after use. For other masks, put them in the sun between uses to sanitize them.
Can people with no symptoms infect you? Yes.
What is going on with vaccines?
There are multiple vaccine studies going on simultaneously with more public investment than has ever been made before. The trials look at both safety of the vaccine (side effects) as well as whether it protects people from the virus. Three very different strategies are being used by different companies to develop and test vaccines. Existing vaccines use live, killed, or subunit portions of a pathogen to generate antigens (an immune response) in the patient so they are ready to fight of the virus if exposed. Some of the strategies being researched have never been used commercially before. One uses the messenger RNA coded for COVID-19 antigen to stimulate production of the antigen within our cells. Another uses manipulated COVID-19 genes that canʻt replicate once in the human cell. Another strategy has been used for the Ebola vaccine. It is a viral vector, that used replication-competent versions of another harmless virus (not COVID-19) to shuttle antigen-producing genes to human cells.
How long does the virus live on surfaces?
Transmission from surfaces is not a major source of infections, despite the concerns early on. The virus is found in droplets that generally fall to surfaces (unless someone coughs right on you). The concentration of the virus diminishes steadily over time, but small amounts were still detectable on Plastic and Stainless Steel up to 2 or 3 days and on Cardboard up to 24 hours after the virus was deposited.
What kills the virus?
Regular soap (20 second wash) kills the virus because it breaks down the fat that coats them. Regular laundry with a dryer also kills the virus on clothes.
Bleach and alcohol kill the virus. Any brand with bleach in it is fine to spray on and wipe down surfaces.
You can make your own hand sanitizer with alcohol (at least 60%) and aloe vera gel (optional drops of scented oil). Just put it in an old soap dispenser and shake it up.
Can I get the virus from food that someone else prepared?
The virus must connect with lung cells to infect you. Your digestive tract and stomach acids will be a barrier. The risk is touching the packaging, so remove it, throw it away and then wash your hands well.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
It is different than the common cold, as people are rarely congested. A commonly reported symptom is loss of senses of smell and taste.
Quarantine - what to do so it counts (sick or not)
The quarantined person should have their own bedroom and bathroom that nobody else uses. Ideally they donʻt enter other parts of the house though they can have their own outside area.
Donʻt share food, drink or utensils with the quarantined person.
If space must be shared, the quarantined household member should wear clean disposable facemasks, wash hands frequently and wipe down surfaces.
What if I (or my child) is sick with something else?
Many doctors are moving services to telehealth. They can now legally provide and bill for services over a phone call or FaceTime. They do not want sick patients to come in, even if it is not COVID-19. Pediatricians still see well children for vaccinations, so they are protected from getting other diseases at the same time as COVID-19. People who are injured can also be seen by doctors. Women who are due for pap smears or mamograms may get these preventive health services. Call your doctor to find out.
What to expect in bad cases. A typical timeline.
Early stages are infectous BEFORE symptoms start and people with no symptoms or mild symptoms can still infect others and make them very sick. That is why healthy people with possible exposure need to be quarantined. Source: Peter Zeihen