04/08/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

April 8, 2020
I wanted to share more good news about our community health centers here in Hawai‘i. More than $10 million is being granted to 14 centers across our state through funds made possible by the CARES Act.
I will be talking about this and other updates as Congress considers another round of emergency funds during my tele-town hall this afternoon. I hope you will listen in at gabbard.house.gov/live at 4:00 p.m. (HT) today.
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 TONIGHT

My next tele-town hall will take place tonight. If you have not already signed up, you can listen to the event live and online by going to gabbard.house.gov/live.
Telephone Town Hall | COVID-19 Update # 4
TODAY, Wednesday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time

14 Community Health Centers Get Funds from CARES Act

In addition to the 3 community health centers I mentioned yesterday, another 11 community health centers have received additional emergency funds made possible by the CARES Act, the third emergency funding bill that Congress passed just over a week and a half ago. Altogether, $10,037,995 in funds were granted to 14 community health centers across Hawai‘i. This will help these centers care for our community through this crisis.

CDC Answers: Can COVID-19 Last on Surfaces and in the Air?

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a YouTube channel? It does, and this week Dr. John Brooks, M.D., the CDC’s Chief Medical Officer, answered the question “can COVID-19 last on surfaces and in the air?” in a video you can watch!

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 435 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. There were 25 new cases since yesterday. Of the 435 cases, 42 remain hospitalized and 113 have been released from isolation.
HVCB Asks for Help in Limiting Non-Essential Travel, Visitors — In a letter addressed to dozens of media outlets and publications that write about Hawai‘i, the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau asked writers to avoid publishing content that would encourage visitors to the State as it strives to help public health officials enforce the State’s 14-day quarantine and limit of non-essential travel.
Child Care for Essential Workers — YMCA of Honolulu is helping our essential workers by providing child care for them so that they have one less worry as they can keep our communities running during this crisis. You can learn more about this and other programs that they are running to help us get through this pandemic by visiting the YMCA of Honolulu’s COVID-19 webpage.
Maui Food Distributions Tomorrow (Apr. 9) — Mayor Michael Victorino announced two food distributions taking place Thursday, April 9 starting at 10:00 a.m., to provide bags of produce to individuals impacted by COVID-19 in Wailuku, Kahului and South Maui. A limited supply of bagged produce will be available at two locations — the War Memorial Gymnasium parking lot (700 Halia Nakoa Street) and the South Maui Community Park Gymnasium parking lot (1501 Liloa Drive). You can get more details on the effort by reading the Count of Maui’s announcement.
REMINDER: Testing in Kona Tomorrow — As part of its twice-weekly screenings in Kona, the County of Hawai‘i COVID-19 Task Force along with Ali‘i Heath and the Premier Medical Group will be conducting drive-thru screenings/testings from 8:00 a.m. to 12noon tomorrow at the Keauhou Shopping Center. This clinic is free and open to the public.
Read the full announcement for more details including screening criteria and requirements.
Queen’s Hospital Testing in Waimea Now 3 Times a Week — Queen’s North Hawai‘i Community Hospital (QNHCH) will now host drive-up screening for COVID-19 three-times-week. Screening will be available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the main hospital campus in Waimea. You can get more information by calling the Queen's COVID-19 Information Line at (808) 691-2619.
Honolulu Testing at Waianae and Waipio — Free, drive-thru testing for COVID-19 will be held tomorrow (Thu., Apr. 9) from 9 a.m. to noon HT at the Waianae Small Boat Harbor located at 85-471 Farrington Highway. Testing will be available for those experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. There will be another drive-thru testing event Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex. For more information on these, you can call the state-wide 2-1-1 COVID-19 hotline run by Aloha United Way in partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Health. 
Honolulu Helping the Homeless through Coronavirus Crisis — In response to the immediate need and pressure that the coronavirus pandemic places on programs to assist the homeless, including shelters, yesterday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced the creation of the City’s new Provisional Outdoor Screening and Triage (POST) facility. This will provide temporary shelter and triage services to those experiencing homelessness in a manner consistent with CDC guidance on social distancing.
POST is an extension of the HONU (Homeless Outreach and Navigation for Unsheltered Persons) program that temporarily repurposes resources from the $6 million Ohana Zone contract.

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