04/07/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

April 7, 2020
Great news! Our community health centers which are on the front lines of this pandemic are set to get new federal emergency funds in the latest round of grants issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. These funds were made available through the CARES Act — the third emergency funding bill Congress passed in response to this crisis.
I want to say thank you to everyone doing their part to stay-at-home, practice social distancing, and wear cloth masks in public. Your efforts will help slow the spread of the virus.
My COVID-19 resources webpage may be helpful to you as it continues to be updated with new information.
If you have any questions or if you are in need of assistance, please call me at (808) 541-1986 or email me at TulsiOffice@mail.house.gov.
Mahalo and be well,
Tulsi Gabbard
Member of Congress (HI-02)

Tele-Town Hall TOMORROW

My next tele-town hall will take place tomorrow night. If you would like to be dialed directly into the event, please sign up by visiting my website. In order to get a call for tomorrow’s event you should sign up today!
You can also listen to the event online by going to gabbard.house.gov/live where it will stream live tomorrow.
Telephone Town Hall | COVID-19 Update # 4
Wednesday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time

OSHA Poster Aimed at Reducing Workplace Exposure to Coronavirus

The Department of Labor has issued a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) poster which includes 10 steps to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. 
You can download a PDF of the poster on the OSHA website.

In Case You Missed It: Surgeon General Video on Household Cleaning

The Department of Health and Human Services has been encouraging folks to pay even greater attention to hygiene and cleaning — in your own house. Surgeon General Jerome Adams filmed a quick video with 5 tips to help protect your home during the coronavirus pandemic.

CDC on Running Essential Errands

Social distancing and stay-at-home orders are key to helping prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Wherever possible, I encourage you to use grocery-delivery services and mail-order pharmacies.  However, sometimes there are essential errands that cannot be avoided. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some tips on how to meet these needs in a safer way.

And remember...

The federal income tax filing and payment deadline has been postponed until July 15, 2020. Learn more about what the IRS is doing during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News

Testing in Hawai‘i — To date, there are 410 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. There were 23 new cases since yesterday. Of the 410 cases, 42 remain hospitalized and 113 have been released from isolation.
Free COVID-19 Testing in Waianae on Thursday — Between 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Dr. Scott Miscovich and his team will be at the Waianae Small Boat Harbor providing drive-through COVID-19 testing. 
Hawai‘i Community Health Centers Get Second Wave of Federal Funds — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today the granting of over $1.9M to community health centers in Hawai‘i as part of the Health Center Coronavirus Aid Relief included in the CARES Act — the third emergency funding bill passed by Congress on March 27 in response to the pandemic. The funds will go to centers on Kaua‘i, Lana‘i, and the Big Island.
Thousands Sign Up for Honolulu “Farm to Car” — With over 3,000 people signing up for the program within hours of its launch and over 200 initial orders placed, the “Farm to Car” program — a drive-thru farmers’ market organized partnership between the City and County of Honolulu and the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau — will be extended until the end of April at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center with pick ups on Wednesdays and Sundays. You can get more information about locations and time as well as how to sign up by visiting the Farm To Car program website.
Aloha Harvest Rescuing and Redistributing Food — One of the unintended consequences of the coronavirus outbreak is the cancelling of events across the state, some of them large events for which food has been purchased or prepared. Aloha Harvest is working to rescue food from canceled events to help redistribute this excess to help feed the hungry. You can learn more about its efforts on Aloha Harvest’s COVID-19 webpage.
New Maui Coronavirus Website Highlights Testing Opportunities — If you have not already gotten a chance to visit Maui County’s new COVID-19 response website, take time to do so today. Among its many webpages is one dedicated to testing, which is key to helping prevent the spread of the virus. Maui County COVID-19 testing efforts are listed here and will be updated with recurring and future opportunities to get tested.

Kaua‘i Highlights National Guard Support for First Responders — In his latest video update, Mayor Kawakami highlighted the role that the Hawai‘i National Guard is playing in helping Kaua‘i first responders in meeting the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. He also noted the stress that people are facing during this crisis and urged everyone to look out for one another who may be engaging in unhealthy coping behavior.

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