04/14/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
April 14, 2020
Sadly, we heard today that one of the sailors aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Teddy Roosevelt has passed away due to complications from COVID-19 infection. My prayers and condolences are with this sailor’s loved ones, and to all assigned to that ship. Your loss is our loss. The threat we face from this virus is real and must be taken seriously by all.
I hope you will join me for my tele-town hall tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. where I’ll be joined by military base commanders in Hawaii to share information about how the military is responding to COVID-19 and the impact it is having on military families. We will also talk about the latest developments, including the outbreak cluster at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
If you have not done so already, please sign up tonight via my website to join the call. Or you can listen live online at gabbard.house.gov/live.
Also, here’s a link to my COVID-19 resources webpage that is updated daily.
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,
Member of Congress (HI-02)
2020 Census Field Data Collection Postponed, Complete Your Questionnaire Online Today!
The Census Bureau temporarily suspended 2020 Census field data collection activities in March. Steps are already being taken to reactivate field offices beginning June 1, 2020, in preparation for the resumption of field data collection operations as quickly as possible following June 1.
This makes it even more important that you complete your 2020 Census online or via telephone as soon as possible for two reasons: 1) making sure that Hawai‘i is properly counted and gets the resources it needs accordingly from the federal government in the coming 10 years and 2) reducing the need for Census workers to visit homes later this year which will reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
You can visit the 2020Census.gov website for instructions about how to complete the 2020 Census online.
Child Care Providers To Get Help From CARES Act
The Department of Health and Human Services announced today that it would be releasing $3.5 billion in emergency funds to the Child Care and Development Block Grant. This funding will support states, territories, and tribes through their Child Care and Development Fund programs to provide continued payments and assistance to child care providers in the case of decreased enrollment or closures related to coronavirus, and to assure they are able to remain open or reopen.
SBA Releases Latest Data on PPP Funds Distributed
The U.S. Small Business Administration released its latest numbers summarizing the amount of funds distributed through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as of April 13. Over a million loans across the country were made to the tune of $247.5 billion. In Hawai‘i, 8,426 loans have been made, totaling over $1.6 billion. You can view the whole report here.
House Ways and Means Committee Outlines Unemployment Compensation Programs and Timelines
The House Ways and Means Committee has outlined the various unemployment compensation programs available to Americans — including those eligible through self-employed, independent, and gig economy sectors. You can view the table on the House Ways and Means Committee’s website.
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 517 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. There were 13 new cases since yesterday. Of the 517 cases, 45 remain hospitalized and 333 have been released from isolation. There have been 19,857 lab tests conducted.
Hawai‘i Airports Receive CARES Act Funds — Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the distribution of approximately $10 billion in emergency funds through the CARES Act’s Airport Grant Program. Hawai‘i is receiving over $133 million in the emergency funds to support 15 airports across the state. You can view the state-by-state and airport-by-airport breakdown here.
Honolulu Fabric Stores Now “Essential Business” In Push for Mask Use — In his latest Emergency Order (No. 2020-06) Mayor Kirk Caldwell has designated fabric stores an essential business and the Mayor emphasized that their services will help enable the public to better comply with public health recommendations to wear a cloth face mask covering while outside of your home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
New Kaua‘i Mandatory Face Mask Rule Now In Effect — Per the Mayor’s Emergency Rule # 6, starting today, everyone over the age of 5 is now required to wear a cloth mask while outside of your home — except when engaging in acceptable outdoor exercise AND observing social distancing; or while riding in a personal vehicle with members of your immediate household ONLY; or when you are entering a bank or other financial institution or while using an ATM machine; or when a medical condition prohibits the use of a mask. As Mayor Kawakami notes in the latest County of Kaua‘i update, “my mask protects you and your mask protects me.”