04/24/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

April 24, 2020
I just landed in Hawai‘i about an hour ago, returning from Washington, DC where Congress passed another round of emergency funding to help with the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. President Trump signed it into law today. It will provide resources for our small businesses and will help to improve testing and contact tracing to prevent the spread of the virus.
Funds from our previous emergency bills, including the CARES Act, continue to get to our state. These resources are helping many of our communities struggling in different ways during this pandemic — from our community health centers, frontline essential workers and caregivers to our students, farmers, and business owners.
As we head into the weekend, I urge you to be safe for yourself and your neighbor. We are all in this together and must continue taking all precautions to halt the further spread of this virus.
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)

Latest Emergency Bill to be Discussed During Next Tele-Town Hall

During our next telephone town hall, I’ll give an update on the passage of H.R.266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, and what it means for you. The call will take place on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Hawaii Time.
If you would like to be dialed directly into the event, please sign up by visiting my website (right-hand column). Sign up today!
Telephone Town Hall | COVID-19 Update # 7
Wednesday, April 29, 2020  at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time

SBA Paycheck Protection Program Back in Business on Monday

In a joint statement today, the U.S. Treasury Department and Small Business Administration announced that the SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. ET from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. This will ensure that SBA has properly coded the system to account for changes made by the legislation. Read the full announcement here.

New Census Website to Help Direct Emergency Funds

Over the past several weeks, I have been reminding everyone about the importance of the 2020 Census and why we need everyone to complete their Census today. It helps make sure that our state, our district, and your community get the federal resources it needs — both in good times and bad. Without an accurate count, we may miss out.
Today, the U.S. Census Bureau launched a new website to assist federal departments/agencies as well as states and community organizations determine where and what resources are needed in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.
Make sure that we are counted in the years to come. Complete your 2020 Census today. Learn how at 2020census.gov.

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News

Testing in Hawai‘i — There were 5 new cases since yesterday and 1 additional COVID-19 related death. To date, there are 601 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 601 cases, 13 have died and 67 remain hospitalized and 463 have been released from isolation. There have been 28,272 lab tests conducted as of April 23.
Over $677 Million in IRS Economic Impact Payments to Hawai’i as of April 17 — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today released state-by-state figures for Economic Impact Payments, with 88 million individuals receiving payments worth nearly $158 billion in the program's first three weeks. As of April 17, the IRS issued 88.1 million payments to taxpayers across the nation. 378,200 people received $677,850,427 in Hawai‘i. More payments are continuing to be delivered each week.
HI DLIR Distributed Over $68 Million in UI Benefits — Between April 17 and April 23, the Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) distributed $68,097,470 in unemployment insurance benefits. Of those funds, $44,848,600 was made possible by the CARES Act — the 3rd emergency funding bill passed by Congress at the end of March. The DLIR faces record amounts of claims and continues to expand its operations to process them with new call centers and volunteers assisting the effort in the past weeks.
HI Gets +$43 Million from CARES Act for K-12 Schools — The U.S. Department of Education released over $13 billion in CARES Act funds to states and school districts today. Hawai‘i will receive $43,385,229. These funds can be used for a wide range of purposes, including purchasing computers, hotspot devices, and cleaning supplies to sanitize school facilities. Funds can also be used to provide professional development for educators, support summer programs, and promote access to quality instruction for students with disabilities. The CARES Act provided a total of $30.75 billion in emergency education relief to help students, educators, schools, and states maintain access to education during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Briefings for Non-Profit Organizations Applying for COVID-19 Aid — Private Non-Profit Organizations with emergency protective measure expenses related to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis are invited to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance program. Interested agencies are invited to view a virtual Applicant Briefing. The first was held today but others will be held on April 28th and May 1st at 9:00 a.m. The briefing should last about 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer period. Email dod.covid19@hawaii.gov for the link to participate. Learn more about the program here.
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.
Hawaiʻi Island
Kona | Details
(Recurring) Mondays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12noon
Keauhou Shopping Center
Kapa‘au | Details
Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Kamehameha Park in Kapa‘au, North Kohala
Kahuku | Details
Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kahuku Medical Center, rear parking lot (56-117 Pualalea Street)
Waimānalo | Details
Sunday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Waimānalo District Park, enter from Hīhīmanu Street, turning right into the parking area
Lāna‘i City | Details
Testing is by appointment only for residents 15 years old and older.
Saturday, April 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Dole Administration Building, back parking lot (enter from the 7th Street side)
REMINDER: Dept. of Labor & Industrial Relations Resources — Here is a rundown of the new resources the state Dept. of Labor & Industrial Relations is making available to assist individuals filing unemployment insurance compensation claims.
General Website
Application for Determination of Insured Status
Unemployment Benefits Claim Status
Oʻahu 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
Kauaʻi 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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