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​California Statewide Fire Summary Today, there remain over 14,200 firefighters battling over 20 major fires and lightning complexes in California. Containment efforts continue to increase despite weather conditions continuing to get warmer and drier. Today over 18,200 people remain evacuated, though crews are working hard to get people back into their homes. Over the weekend a team of 10 Israeli firefighters have deployed to California to assist in battling some of the largest wildfires in the state’s history. Since the lightning siege that started on Saturday, August 15, 2020, there have been nearly 14,000 lightning strikes. During this time-period, there have been more than 900 new wildfires, which have now burned over 1.5 million acres. There have 8 fatalities and over 3,100 structures destroyed.

Several of the wildfires have made the record books: Largest wildfires in CA history: • SCU Lightning Complex 2nd • LNU Lightning Complex 3rd Most destructive wildfires in CA history: • CZU August Lightning Complex - 9th • LNU Lightning Complex remains - 10th Deadliest wildfires in CA history: • LNU Lightning Complex - 19th Seasonable weather conditions continue to aid firefighters in their efforts towards containment at lower elevations. Above 2,000 feet firefighters are still seeing low humidity

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The Critical Importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Meetings and Hospitality Industries

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by Zoe Moore, MS, is a Certified Diversity Practitioner., Greg DeShields, CHO, CHE, Certified Hospitality Educator and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practitioner

For weeks, my coauthor Zoe Moore and I have labored over subject matter for corporate leaders to maintain focus on the Value of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) that would result in creating a relevant and resourceful article. We have evaluated numerous viewpoints to provide a valuable and meaningful conversation to acknowledge and address the crucial responsibility of corporate leaders to realize the need for Continued Value of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. However, the recent expression of protest to address systemic

oppression and racial injustice has emphasized that we still have MUCH work to do! While we do not have all the answers, it is our individual and collective responsibility to act and sustain dedication to DEI. The injustices of our society have a profound effect upon people, which in the workplace manifests itself in many ways. As we navigate COVID-19 and launch a recovery from a distressing economy, prioritization of DEI remains a business imperative that should not be compromised. This year had promise to be another

record-breaking year in many ways—business, employment, economic growth, political election, moral and social justice change, and of course, DEI. However, unknown at the time, coronavirus was advancing to the U.S. in late December and January. In February, the health and human tolls were coming into focus, and by March the economic impact was becoming clear. The health crisis, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), states as of June 12, the U.S. had 2,106,027 total cases and 113,914 total deaths. We also

see varying strategies to reopen the country by adapting guidelines of social distancing. The coronavirus pandemic shook the nation, leaving businesses with little choice but to adapt and adjust, implementing strategies such as work from home, virtual meetings, expense reduction, staff reduction

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California Sets Strict Guidelines for Movie Theaters to Reopen Dave McNary | Variety

Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced strict guidelines for indoor movie theaters in California to reopen in the coming months. The guidelines, announced Friday, were contained in a new color-coded reopening system for counties based on coronavirus prevalence and testing rates. Currently, 38 of the 58 counties (including Los Angeles and Orange), with 87% of the state’s population, are in the “purple” tier or “widespread” tier. The purple designaion means that more than 8% of tests are coming back positive and there are more than seven new cases daily per 100,000 residents. “COVID-19 will be with us for a long time

and we need to adapt,” Newsom said. There are currently nine counties in the red tier, considered to have “substantial” disease spread along with eight counties in the “moderate” tier and three in the “minimal” yellow range, under the new guidelines. Counties must stay in each tier for at least three weeks before they can move to a less restrictive tier. They will only be eligible to move to a less restrictive tier if their numbers show improvement for at least two weeks. The new rules will allow movie theaters in “red tier” counties to begin operations with capacity limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less. Movie theaters in “orange tier” counties

can operate with capacity limited to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less. San Francisco and San Diego counties currently meet the requirements to be in the red tier, so movie theaters in those counties would be allowed reopen at just 25% capacity. The new system goes into effect on Aug. 31. Tiers will be updated every Tuesday under the new guidelines. The announcements come six weeks after Newsom’s July 13 mandate which closed all indoor theaters, bars, restaurants, wineries, family entertainment, zoos, museums and

cardrooms amid soaring COVID-19 rates. A few movie theaters in California had briefly reopened, only to close again in July, but most have been closed since March. The move comes as an estimated 62% of the nation’s theaters have reopened, with studios starting to release major titles such as “The New Mutants,” which opened Thursday night, and Christopher Nolan’s timetravel thriller “Tenet,” which launches on Sept. 3.Newsom had noted on Aug. 24 that the number of California counties on the state monitoring list

— which prevents large gatherings and businesses like movie theaters to be open — had declined to 35 counties due to progress in lowering coronavirus rates. He had revealed last week that the state was working on new guidelines that would determine which counties will be subject to state restrictions. California has recorded 688,858 cases of COVID-19 and 12,690 death. More than 11 million tests have been conducted. To learn more about the guidelines, go to https://

Statement of the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Regarding the State of California’s New COVID-19 Regulatory Framework Under the new framework announced by the State of California on August 28th, hair salons and barbershops that follow the safety guidelines put in place by the county and state will be allowed to open for indoor operations effective Monday, August 31, 2020. Indoor malls, which the state previously closed in Santa Clara County, can also reopen under the State’s new framework, but only at 25% capacity. We continue to evaluate the State’s new framework and its impact on our county, and we will provide additional information as it becomes available. The Santa Clara County Health Officer’s local Risk Reduction Order and related directives remain in effect and include directives that all hair salons and barbershops and shopping malls must follow as they resume indoor operations:

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New COVID-19 Popup Testing Location in Santa Clara County Testing Available Aug. 31 – Sept. 5 in San José, Milpitas, Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell, and Los Altos Hills The County of Santa Clara’s Valley Medical Center continues to offer COVID-19 diagnostic testing next week at additional locations with appointment-based and drop-in testing. Next week, appointment-only testing will be conducted in San José, Milpitas, Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell, and Los Altos Hills. Appointments can be made starting three days in advance of the testing date until all slots are reserved at https:// or www. Pop-up, noappointment testing will be conducted in San José and Gilroy. “Testing is one of the most important tools in combatting the pandemic,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing Officer for the County of Santa Clara. “We encourage people to contact their healthcare provider when possible, but to know the County is there to close the testing gap.” Despite the recent fires and poor air quality, the county has still tested more than 26,000 people in August. APPOINTMENTBASED TESTING SITES San José- Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

Parking Lot A (across from the blue arch) Drive-thru, bike, and walk-up appointments Across the street from the Fairgrounds main entrance, 344 Tully Road, San José, CA 95111 Appointments TuesdayFriday, September 1-4, 12 – 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Milpitas- Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035 By appointment only for August 31 (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Mountain ViewCenter for Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041 By appointment only for September 1 (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Cupertino- Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014 By appointment only for September 2 (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Campbell- Orchard City Banquet Hall, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA 95008 By appointment only for September 3 (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Los Altos HillsCouncil Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 By appointment only for September 4 (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

POP-UP TESTING SITES IN SAN JOSÉ AND GILROY No appointments are needed for a free and easy nasal swab test at either of these pop-up locations. San José- William C. Overfelt High School gymnasium – 1835 Cunningham Ave., San José, 95122 Tuesday thru Friday, September 1-4 (10 a.m. 4 p.m.) Gilroy- South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary) – 9300 Wren Ave., Gilroy, 95020 Tuesday thru Friday, September 1-4 (10 a.m. 4 p.m.) Those seeking a test at a pop-up site can check in and receive a wristband for an hour-long time slot later in the day; they then can leave and return at the designated time to get tested. This facilitates social distancing and reduces the time spent waiting in line. However, the supply of wristbands depends on the number of available tests and are only available as supplies last. The County advises those interested in a test at a pop-up site to go earlier

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Public Health in the day rather than later to pick up a wristband. When the wristbands run out, people will be directed to other testing options nearby. The County test sites provide COVID-19 tests free of charge, regardless of immigration status, and no doctor’s note is needed. At some County test sites, people with insurance may be asked to provide their insurance information, so that insurance may be billed. However, those without health insurance or those who do not provide insurance information can still get a test at those sites. The tests are viral detection tests, which diagnose a person who currently has the infection. Read more about the difference between viral detection tests and serology tests at https://www.sccgov. org/sites/covid19/ Pages/covid19-testinglearn-more.aspx?mc_ cid=117749b61f&mc_ eid=c4fcc9a7b1. For people without COVID-19 symptoms, the County currently

offers indoor and drivethru sites. People with symptoms are directed to drive-thru sites to reduce the chance of getting others sick. County test sites and additional sites operated by other organizations are mapped on the County’s website at www. The site is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Tagalog. Information is also available by calling 2-1-1. There are currently more than 50 COVID-19 test locations in Santa Clara County, including those at community centers and schools, hospitals and clinics, and mobile testing centers. County test site locations may change each week based on assessment of testing needs. Data are published on the County’s COVID-19 Testing Dashboards: https://www.sccgov. org/sites/covid19/ Pages/dashboardtesting.aspx?mc_ cid=117749b61f&mc_ eid=c4fcc9a7b1.

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writers, photographers, tutors, interpreters and other industries. AB 2257 is backed by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), who authored AB 5 and has been its primary advocate. “We have utilized the reasoning in Dynamex, existing case law, and all of the provisions of workers comp and the [Unemployment Insurance] code developed over the last 40 years to try to create a framework for employment in California. We are confident that legitimate [independent contractors] will be able to work as such” said Gonzalez in a Aug. 27 tweet.

Assemblymember Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita), co-author of AB 2257, said, “These clarifications to AB5 create additional industry specific pathways for people to work independently and prevent abuses that hurt workers and small business.” Under AB 5, companies must determine whether their workers are employees according to criteria known as the “ABC” test. Workers can only be classified as independent contractors if A) Their work is free from control of the hiring entity B) They perform work that is outside the hiring entity’s usual course of business, and C)

They have an independent business. AB 5 has been challenged by various industries since it was introduced as a bill. Truck drivers won an injunction that prevented AB 5 from being enforced for their industry on Jan. 16. Recently, a California Superior Court judge ruled that rideshare companies Uber and Lyft must classify their drivers as employees. The judge later paused the injunction

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Remembering Chadwick Boseman: 5 Times the ‘Black Panther’ Star Was a Real-Life Superhero The world knew star Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the fearless king of Wakanda who would do anything to protect his people. But the actor — who tragically died after a four-year battle with colon cancer on Friday — was not only a hero on-screen, but off, as well. Though Boseman played other major roles, such as Jackie Robinson in “42” and James Brown in “Get on Up,” he left a legacy with “Black Panther,” giving countless children a superhero to

look up to. Not only was he the lead of the first predominantly Black cast in a Marvel film, Boseman played the character with vulnerability and undeniable realness. “His performance as T’Challa isn’t like other actors’ comic-book-film performances. It’s deft and sly and vulnerable, with that singsong accent that lends a note of pensive play to everything he says. And because he infused the character with such a miraculously relatable spirit, Boseman touched a generation. He created

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they said to me and their parents, ‘They’re trying to hold on until this movie comes.’” Boseman teared up while telling the story, and knowing that he was also dealing with cancer himself during the time makes the interview all the more emotional to watch. “But seeing how the world has taken this on, seeing how the movement and how it’s taken on a life of its own, I realized that they anticipated something great. And I think back now to as a kid, waiting for Christmas to come, waiting for my birthday to come, waiting for a toy that I was gonna get a chance to experience or a video game. I did live life waiting for those moments,” Boseman said. “So it put me back in the mind of being a kid, just to experience those two little boys’ anticipation of this movie.” 2) He Surprised

‘Black Panther’ Superfans: After the release of “Black Panther,” Boseman appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to participate in a heartwarming segment in which he surprised fans of the film. Unknowingly, the fans told Boseman of the impact “Black Panther” had on their lives, only to meet him face-to-face seconds later. “It means a lot to see a movie that’s not a Black movie, but just a great, American superhero movie with people that look like me,” one fan said.

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Identity: Loss, Grief, & Fear 2020 has been a year marking many shifts and changes. In these last two weeks, we have dealt with fires, the loss of jobs, the death of an actor who created a role that many people connected with, and even a perception of loss of rights. What do all of these things have in common, other than loss? In all of these things, it’s not just the feelings of loss, confusion, and anger, it is also the loss of an identity. Identity is something that often gets taken for granted or forgotten in any of these situations. With a fire, there is not just the loss of material possessions, there is also the loss of the things those possessions represented -- the sentiments attached to them which are tied to the sense of identity. These may be things that can never be replaced, which are significant milestones in a person’s journey and act as touchpoints to remind them of choices that they have made. The same thing is seen with the loss of a job, which is often an integral part of someone’s identity and a way of introducing themselves to others. A person’s job will determine how someone may see that person, whether they are a CEO, or the person who cleans the floors. It is both how we are perceived and how we perceive ourselves in the world, and its loss can generate confusion around who we are. The same is being felt with the death

of Chadwick Boseman. For many, he represented an image and identity of not only what we are, but what we could be and what choices we can make. All of this generates loss and ultimately sadness. As this loss is felt, for some, they are seen only as things that can be replaced. Depending on the item, that may be true. Yet this doesn’t negate the process of grief, which is connected to this sense of loss, and must be experienced fully before the person can have the potential to grow again and rebuild. Grief is another part of this process that must be gone through, just like when someone dies, and that is what’s being felt by many who have lost their identities due to the loss of their jobs due to COVID-19. Equally, the response is the same for those who have felt constrained by the wearing of the masks and being stuck inside. This level of grief has not been felt before in this age. There are also those who are afraid of losing a sense of identity that they have lived with for most of their lives. Whether that identity was a healthy one or not, it is still an identity that is being clung to. Ultimately, to avoid the pain and potential process of loss and grief that will naturally follow, they will fight. And with that fight, they can do greater harm and propagate more loss and grief in trying

to protect this singular identity that they consider most important, especially in this political climate that is becoming hotter and hotter. As we are presently experiencing, with the impact of the fires and the loss of jobs, we need to be more aware as we deal with those around us who are experiencing grief, loss, and fear. • We are more than a single identity. We also hold roles as family members, roles as members of a community, roles as fans of different media, or simply as bystanders of what is happening around us. We should consider all of these when we think about what, and who, we are in the world. • It would be wise to make copies of all important documents, including old photos, and in the act of doing so, we can find security for ourselves and for any who might come after. • Remember that for anyone who is going through this grieving process, there may be multiple steps involved, and those steps may have different time frames associated with them, so it is important to keep expectations realistic about how they are progressing in their grief. • Just be ready to listen when someone does speak of their loss of identity in their grieving process. The most effective thing you can do is listen; do not try to fix.

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August 31, 2020

Mightier Than the Sword

Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon #4 (AKA Flashathon) In 2016 a small group of writers was presented with an informal short story challenge -given an opening and closing paragraph, craft an original short story connecting the two. The challenge ultimately resulted in one of the short stories growing into the novel Dog Logic, which went on to win a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Silver Award for Science Fiction, a Bronze Award for Literary Fiction from Readers’ Favorites, and selected as a National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist for Contemporary Fiction. The success of the first challenge motivated the launch of Owl Canyon Press short story Hackathons 1, 2, and 3 which were such smashing successes that we’re doing it again in 2020 for Short Story Hackathon #4! Writers are invited to create and submit a short story consisting of 20 paragraphs. The contest provides the first and last paragraph and the short short story writer crafts the rest. First prize is $1000,

2nd prize is $750, and 3rd prize is $500 with the winning short short stories published in a short story anthology, as well as an invitation to give a public reading at Inkberry Books in Niwot, CO. Twentyfour (24) Finalists will also have their short short stories included in this anthology. A $25 entry fee is required for submissions at this time. Interested? Please visit https://owlcanyonpress. for the official entry form, rules and regulations.

Deanna Tulley Multimedia Prize The 2020 Deanna Tulley Multimedia Contest is seeking innovative submissions after a successful contest last year. Submit your hypertexts, nonlinear narratives, videopoems, and illustrated stories across your favorite genres and medias. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes of $300, $200, $100, respectively. All submitted work will be considered for online publication. All entries should be original and previously unpublished in an online multimedia literary context. More specifically, if a piece has been shared around a bit or seen moderate traffic on your own personal social media or webpage, we’re OK with that, but we want work that we publish to be

generally new to the world and to our readers. Email slipperyelm@findlay. edu if you have questions! Substantially altered multimedia works that have previously appeared in print or conventional text-only formats are welcome. All rights to the submitted works must belong to the submitter. We are a literary magazine, so we’re interested in the words: narrative or poetic elements should be prominent, in either text or spoken word. All entries must be sent

through our Submittable interface, either as uploaded file or external link. Works must be viewable in a commonly available format, that we can post and share from the Slippery Elm website or link out to on your own site. Submittable will accept a pretty impressive array of formats, but if you don’t see yours on the Upload list, Ask us! A direct link is fine, too, included in your Cover Letter, in which case, no upload is necessary. Simultaneous submissions are fine. There is a $10 entry fee per entry and multiple entries are welcome Submissions will close annually at midnight Eastern time on September 30. Submit here: https://slipperyelm.

Inception: $250 for Prose, Poetry, or Art Opening Beginnings have the power to spark passion or curiosity. They might immediately connect a specific place and time with an emotional tone. The best offer a feeling, atmosphere, action, or image that is gripping. The Sunspot Literary Journal Inception Contest is offering a cash prize and publication for first lines of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, or one fine art image, that sparks interest in

readers or viewers. For 2020, the entry fee has been reduced to $5 due to COVID’s economic impact. Submissions will close on September 31, 2020. Go to https:// sunspotlit.submittable. com/submit/169632/ inception-250-for-prosepoetry-or-art-opening to enter and to learn more about this great opportunity! Enter as many times

as you like through Submittable, but only one piece per submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece if it is published elsewhere before the winner is selected. Good Luck!

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Community Highlight

Roy is one of the hardest-working Team Members we have in Redwood City. He puts his blood, sweat, and tears into taking care of those around him, and he does it with pride. When COVID-19 hit the area,

many unhoused folks lost access to public restrooms and handwashing stations. Our Redwood City Team volunteered to maintain and clean a handful of porta potties and handwashing stations that the city placed near encampments, even those far away from our normal routes. Roy volunteered to lead a Team that would handle all of the distant locations - not an easy task on foot. He volunteers outside of his normal DST shifts to restock all of the stations with toilet paper and paper towels on weekends.

Throughout the pandemic, Roy has almost singlehandedly made sure that everyone in eastern Redwood City has access to basic sanitation. This is an astounding feat, given that Roy has repeatedly had his belongings stolen, is harassed by both law enforcement and gangs, and cannot seem to catch a break. No matter the blow, Roy gets back up fighting. His personality looks out for other Team Members, often acting more like a father/brother/ uncle than a teammate.

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August 31, 2020

District 1 News

County Budget Cuts The County is facing an anticipated $200 - $600 million budget deficit due mainly to significant decreases in revenue from the State and Federal governments, as well as increased costs from the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet this challenge, the Board of Supervisors approved a FY 20-21 budget on August 21st that

eliminated 472 funded but vacant positions as one of several steps in addressing the deficit. The next County budget discussion is slated for November. To learn more about the County Budget FY 20-21, visit The budget can be found under Government --> Budget and Finance.

Thank You Firefighters and First Responders As the smoke begins to clear in our Valley, please join me in expressing deep appreciation for the firefighters and first responders who battled the two large wildfires near us. The SCU Lightning Complex fire east of San Jose and Morgan Hill and the CZU Lightning Complex fire in the Santa

Cruz Mountains each involved more than 1,600 fire personnel from around the State – more than 3,000 people total -- some of whom are still working the fires. CalFire placed a dip tank holding fire retardant at Reid Hillview Airport to help with their firefighting efforts (photo above). Both County

New State Rules: Hair Salons and Shopping to Open

The State of California just announced their new Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which will replace the State’s previous County Monitoring List framework. Under this new framework, hair salons and barbershops that follow the safety guidelines put in place by the County and State will be allowed to open for indoor operations effective today, Monday, August 31, 2020. Indoor malls, which the State previously closed in Santa Clara County, can also reopen under the State’s new framework, but only at 25% capacity. Beginning today, every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and test positivity rate. Data will be reviewed weekly and tiers will be updated on Tuesdays.

To start, each county has been assigned a tier based on adjusted case and positivity rates from the prior two reporting periods. Santa Clara County -- along with the vast majority of counties in the State, in which 87% of the State’s population lives -- was placed in Tier 1, the “widespread transmission” (purple) tier. This tier status is effective as of Monday, August 31st. The first weekly assessment will be released on September 8th. The County Health

airports are proving to be valuable assets for emergency operations. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones, to those who lost their homes, as well as those who are still displaced, and to everyone who lost places of meaning and history. The depths of the devastation can be matched only by the depths of our gratitude for all that the firefighters were able to save given limited resources due

to the concurrence of multiple fires across California. For those able to help, the San Jose Mercury News recently compiled a list of some organizations accepting

Officer’s local Risk Reduction Order and related directives remain in effect and include directives that all hair salons and barbershops and shopping malls in Santa Clara County must follow as they resume indoor operations. To view the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, go to safer-economy/

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August 31, 2020

Travel News

US Surgeon General in Hawaii to Help Stop COVID-19 Linda Hohnholz | Global Travel Industry News The US Surgeon General is in Hawaii to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. General Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H. came to Hawaii as he felt it is important to support the state because of its surging all-time high level of COVID-19 coronavirus cases and deaths by bringing resources to the state from the federal government. The Surgeon General explained to get control of this pandemic, this is going to require surge testing, contact tracing, and isolation. At today’s press conference, he pointed to officers of the United States Health Commission Corps in blue uniforms who will be walking around the islands for the next 2 weeks. These officers are here because the Task Force and the President of the United States have sent a team out here to work with the Governor, Mayor, and council members to determine what more can be done.

They will be working to determine why the cases are spreading and how to quickly stamp out the new cases. His advice was simple: Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, and get tested.

Surge Testing Mayor Caldwell said: “Let’s get real. We are at war. We continue to seek the answers that we are missing. Today is about building our tools. People are struggling, and we know that.” He said those that are paying the greatest price are our kupuna who are living in fear and in isolation in some cases, our children, and our families who have members stricken with the virus or who have family members who have died. He said the only way to win a war is by all of us working together. Governor Ige explained that on the first day of surge testing, 6,028 registered to test, and 4,800 were tested. No city in this country has hit 5,000 tests in one day, and

we almost got there. The goal is to get tested in the communities where it is needed the most. To reach 10,821 for the first 2 days is commendable. Surgeon General Adams said we should expect the positivity rate to go up as more people are tested, and it is the positivity rate that will determine if the current Stay at Home order should be extended beyond 2 weeks. He explained that it takes about 2 weeks for the virus to show itself, meaning for someone who has potentially been exposed to show symptoms or to test positive which is where the basis of a 14-day quarantine comes from. So, for the next several days, he said we will likely see cases and positivity rise because we are putting testing in communities that we know are hard hit with less social distancing. At the end of the 2 weeks, we will be able to make informed and intelligent decisions about whether

the Stay at Home order needs to be extended. He reiterated that this all depends on the people of Hawaii to not gather in large groups and to practice safe distancing and wearing masks. Contact Tracing The Surgeon General responded to a question about whether contact tracers are being prepared to keep contact with additional tests since 5,000 tests is more than twice what is happening now. He answered that contact tracing is finding out who tested positive, asking who they have been around, and going to those people to make sure it stops spreading. Reopening “Reopening is not a light switch. It should be like a dimmer switch,” Register to join the discussion on at

the Surgeon General said adding that reopening must be done cautiously. In this last instance when reopening happened, there were crowded gatherings on the beach, people were not wearing masks, and funerals and religious gatherings did not respect social distancing and mask wearing. Reopening must be done with respect for the virus and with common sense. He stated that New York is less than 1 percent positivity now, and Hawaii can do the same. After these next 2 weeks of surge testing, how much daily testing will need to be continued depends on how successful we are in driving down the virus over the next 14 days. In Hawaii Surgeon General

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Adams ended by saying that Hawaii has good reason to be concerned. Pacific Islanders, the Filipino community, and tightly packed living conditions are suffering the most. But he stated that Hawaii people also all know each other – something that can’t be said in all big cities. He said that it is this camaraderie that will help get us through this pandemic. He said that the health care on Oahu is excellent, and support needs to be provided to neighbor islands as well. He stated that he is hopeful that if we all do our part then this will be over more quickly. Before Surgeon General Adams had to leave to return to the mainland, he said that his kids are begging him to come back to Hawaii and take them to the beach. He said he is counting on us as a dad of 3 kids to make it where he can come back with his kids either over the holidays or in the spring. #rebuildingtravel

Hawaii Visitor Arrivals Plummet 97.7% in July Hawaii News Online The COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands in July 2020. Visitor arrivals dropped 97.7 percent compared to a year ago, according to preliminary statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) Tourism Research Division. All passengers arriving from out-of-state during July were required to abide by a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Exemptions include travel for essential reasons like work or healthcare. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continued to enforce its “No Sail Order” on all cruise ships. In July, a total of 22,562 visitors traveled to Hawaii by air service compared to 995,210 visitors during the same period a year ago. Most

of the visitors were from U.S. West (12,890, -97.2%) and U.S. East (7,516, -96.9%). A few visitors came from Japan (54, -100.0%) and Canada (94, -99.6%). There were 2,008 visitors from All Other International Markets (-98.4%). Many of these visitors were from Guam, and a small number of visitors were from the Philippines, Oceania, Other Asia, Europe, Latin America, Puerto Rico, and the Pacific Islands. Total visitor days1 decreased 93.7 percent year-overyear. A total of 162,130 trans-Pacific air seats serviced the Hawaiian Islands in July, down 87.1 percent from a year ago. There were no direct flights or scheduled seats from Japan, Canada, Oceania, and Other Asia, and very few scheduled seats from U.S. East

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Travel News (-91.3%), U.S. West (-83.3%) and Other countries (-57.2%). Year-to-Date 2020 In the first seven months of 2020, total visitor arrivals decreased 64.7 percent to 2,178,796 visitors, with significantly fewer arrivals by air service (-64.7% to 2,149,005) and by cruise ships (-61.3% to 29,792) compared to the same period a year ago. Total visitor days declined 61.3 percent. Year-to-date, visitor arrivals by air service decreased from U.S. West (-65.4% to 940,780), U.S. East (-62.8% to 531,296), Japan (-66.1% to 294,348), Canada (-54.5% to 155,915) and All Other International Markets (-68.8% to 226,665). Other Highlights: • U.S. West: In July, 9,417 visitors arrived from the Pacific region compared to 377,932 visitors a year ago, and 3,273 visitors came from the Mountain region compared to 76,530 a year ago. Through the first seven months of 2020,

visitor arrivals declined substantially from both the Pacific (-66.7% to 710,295) and Mountain (-60.9% to 210,045) regions compared to the same period year-overyear. • U.S. East: Through the first seven months of 2020, visitor arrivals dropped considerably from all regions. The three largest regions, East North Central (-59.1% to 111,636), South Atlantic (-67.6% to 98,474) and West North Central (-47.4% to 95,023) saw sharp decreases compared to the first seven months of 2019. • Japan: In July, 54 visitors arrived from Japan compared to 134,587 visitors a year ago. Year-to-date through July, arrivals declined 66.1 percent to 294,348 visitors. • Canada: In July, 94 visitors arrived from Canada compared to 26,939 visitors a year ago. Year-to-date through July, arrivals dropped to 155,915 visitors (-54.5%). #rebuildingtravel

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