04/20/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

April 20, 2020
I know the days may seem like they’re running together, but I hope you had a good weekend! As I write this, I’m packing and getting ready to head to the airport to fly back to Washington, DC for a vote to provide more funds for small business loans that are desperately needed.  
I’ll be calling you from Washington, DC for our next tele-town hall on Wednesday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. HT. I hope you can join me! We will have a rep from the IRS joining the call to answer your questions. You can sign up for our call by visiting my website here (right-hand column).
I know that this crisis has created a lot of strain on our communities and families. So, 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)

Smithsonian Institute Expands Online Resources for Learning

The Smithsonian Institute continues to provide new resources for folks through its distance learning website. Over the past month, they have released a weekly Smithsonian Learning Activities Choice Board to introduce your learners to a sampling of recommended learning opportunities from across the Smithsonian in science, social studies, culture, and the arts. Includes hands-on and technology-enabled activities. The latest Choice Board is out (see it on the webpage by scrolling down to “Smithsonian Resources for Caregivers”).

HHS Rolling Out Resources For Mental Healthcare During Coronavirus Crisis

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has expedited its process to today release emergency grants to strengthen access to treatments for substance use disorders and serious mental illnesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding the increased strain on mental health services, the existing need that preceded the crisis and now is combined with the growing need due to the crisis, these Emergency Grants to Address Mental and Substance Use Disorders During COVID-19 are being awarded now and total $110 million. They will provide up to $2 million for successful state applicants and up to $500,000 for successful territory and tribal applicants for 16 months.

Economic Impact Payment resources from the IRS...

IRS “Get My Payment” App:
Economic Impact Payment for Non-Filers:

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News

Testing in Hawai‘i — There were 31 new cases since Friday. To date, there are 584 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 584 cases, 55 remain hospitalized and 423 have been released from isolation. There have been 24,971 lab tests conducted as of April 19.
Maui Gets Meals to Those In Need — Two hundred bags of fresh produce were delivered last week to folks impacted by the pandemic in Lānaʻi, including 100 bags to local kūpuna through the Meals on Wheels program. Over 2,000 bags of food have been distributed to communities across Maui County over the last month.
Kaua‘i Cautiously Considering Path Towards Easing Protective Measures — In a comprehensive effort to look forward towards opportunities to restart some economic opportunities, Mayor Kawakami provided an overview of what is being taken into account — starting with the health and well-being of Kaua‘i residents and learning from states and nations who have met with obstacles and success in their efforts to relax protective measures.
REMINDER: Drive-Thru Testing Sites — Please make note of the drive-thru testing sites available across the state. We will do our best to keep them updated as changes are made.
Big Island
Kona Screenings | Details
Mondays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12noon
Keauhou Shopping Center
Wahiawā | Details
Wednesday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints
REMINDER: Dept of Labor Resources — Here is a rundown of the new resources that Dept of Labor is making available to assist individuals filing unemployment insurance compensation claims.
General Website
Application for Determination of Insured Status
Unemployment Benefits Claim Status
Oahu Claims Office: ​dlir.ui.oahu@hawaii.gov
Hilo Claims Office: dlir.ui.hilo@hawaii.gov
Kona Claims Office: dlir.ui.kona@hawaii.gov
Maui Claims Office: dlir.ui.maui@hawaii.gov
Kauai Claims Office: dlir.ui.kauai@hawaii.gov
Individuals who would like to have their claim backdated (the backdate will be for their first week of less than full employment due to COVID-19): dlir.ui.backdate@hawaii.gov
Individuals who have received an email, letter or other message (screenshot) that says that they are disqualified from UI:​ dlir.ui.disqualified@hawaii.gov
Individuals who would like to request language assistance from UI (the interpretation services would be provided free of charge and via telephone): dlir.ui.languageassistance@hawaii.gov

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