04/10/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

April 10, 2020
I wanted to thank everyone for joining my tele-town hall earlier this week and remind everyone that I will be hosting another one on Wednesday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m. HT. You can sign up on my website today to be dialed into our event.
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 Next Week, Sign Up Today

My next tele-town hall will take place next week but if you would like to be dialed directly into the event, please sign up by visiting my website today!
Telephone Town Hall | COVID-19 Update # 5
Wednesday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time

IRS Launches Webpage to Help Non-Filers

Many of you have asked how you can get the Economic Impact Payment that Congress passed as part of the CARES Act — especially if you have not had to file federal income taxes in 2018 and 2019.
Now, the IRS has a new website dedicated to helping non-filers provide the information needed to help secure their Economic Impact Payment.
For more information about what you need to know about your Economic Impact Payment, you can visit the IRS webpage about this program.

HHS Warns Healthcare Providers About Surprise COVID-19 Billing

The Department of Health and Human Services is overseeing $100 billion in emergency funds being distributed to healthcare providers to help cover some of the costs incurred in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the funds being provided, HHS is warning providers that they cannot engage in surprise billing for COVID-19 medical expenses. You can read more about this on the HHS website.


CDC Extends “No Sail Order” for All Cruise Lines

Early during this crisis, I called on the Trump Administration to suspend all cruise line operations to help prevent the spread of the virus. Days later, the Trump Administration issued such an order on March 14.
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the extension of its “No Sail Order” for all cruise ships for at least 100 days or unless modified by the HHS Secretary or CDC Director.

Worldwide Death Toll Increases, U.S. and Italy Top the List

Today’s news that worldwide infections have surpassed 1.6 million people and resulted in over 100,000 deaths is a stark reminder about how important it is to listen to the advice of the public health professionals at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and follow the social distancing and quarantine measures put in place by state and local governments here in Hawai‘i.
The U.S. has one of the largest numbers of infections and deaths in total amount and by per capita. We all have a role to play in helping prevent the spread of the virus. Please visit the CDC’s (www.cdc.gov) website which has recommendations for individuals, families, and businesses on how to do our parts.

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 465 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. There were 23 new cases since yesterday. Of the 465 cases, 43 remain hospitalized and 284 have been released from isolation.
Hawai‘i Gets Another $132 Million From CARES Act — The House Committee on Appropriations has tracked the number of providers receiving funds and total funds received by each state from the CARES Act, the third emergency funding bill passed by Congress. Over $132 million in Public Health and Social Services Emergency funds were delivered to 1,776 providers across Hawai‘i
HI Public Schools to Stay Closed, New Guidance — The Hawai‘i Department of Education has determined that schools will remain closed and issued guidance on when schools may reopen. Public schools are expected to stay shut until COVID-19 is no longer spreading in the community, defined as four weeks with no new cases. The Department will also be meeting next week to discuss commencement ceremonies and the remainder of the current school year.
O‘ahu and Maui Curfews This Weekend — Night-time curfew programs will be in effect in O‘ahu and Maui starting this weekend. Both curfews will start tonight (Friday) and last through Monday early morning. The hours of the curfew are 11:00 p.m. HT to 5:00 a.m HT.
More Drive-Thru Testing in Maui — On Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m HT, drive-thru testing will take place at the Waipiʻo Peninsula Soccer Complex, 93-061 Waipiʻo Point Access Road, Waipahu, off Farrington Highway. Follow the signs posted on Waipiʻo Point Access Road to the Soccer Complex where you will be directed to the initial screening site.
Testing Tomorrow (Saturday) in Hilo — The Hawai‘i County COVID-19 Task Force in collaboration with Premier Medical Group and Bay Clinic will be hosting another round of drive-thru testing in Hilo on Saturday, April 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hilo Ho‘olulu Complex (access only through the Pi‘ilani/Hinano entrance). The free clinic is open to the public but individuals must be screened to determine if they meet the criteria for testing. For more information, see the County of Hawai‘i announcement.

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