04/27/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
April 27, 2020
 
Aloha,
 
Over the weekend, the Governor announced an extension of Hawai‘i’s stay-at-home order through May 31. While we continue to see a few new infections each day, this will help keep the virus spread at bay. The state must improve its ability to test and contact trace COVID-19 infections.
 
If you have any questions or 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 This Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. HT

 
If you would like to be dialed directly into the event, please sign up by visiting my website. In order to get a call for this event you should sign up today!
 
Telephone Town Hall | COVID-19 Update # 7
Wednesday, April 29 at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time
 

CDC Updates List of Symptoms of COVID-19 

 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its list of symptoms for COVID-19. Initially, symptoms were limited to fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
 
Additional symptoms now include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
 

More CARES Act Funds to HI Healthcare Providers; HHS Launches Portal to Help Uninsured

 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues to distribute funds from the CARES Act, the 3rd emergency funding bill passed by Congress at the end of March 2020. On April 24, over $9 billion in additional funds were distributed to states to help healthcare providers cover costs they have incurred in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Hawai‘i received $33,205,143 from these funds.
 
HHS also announced the creation of an online portal to help provide funds to healthcare providers who have tested or treated the uninsured for COVID-19. These funds can be used for expenses incurred after February 4, 2020.
 

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News

 
Testing in Hawai‘i — Over the weekend, there were 6 new cases and 3 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 607 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 607 cases, 16 have died and 68 remain hospitalized and 493 have been released from isolation. There have been 29,422 lab tests conducted as of April 26.
 
Getting Food to Those in Need in Honolulu — Mayor Kirk Caldwell along with the Royal Hawaiian Band and community food rescue organization Aloha Harvest partnered to distribute 1,000 "Stew in a Bag" grocery kits to newly unemployed households. Altogether, the effort helped distribute 7 tons of locally sourced ingredients to provide 10,000 meals.
 
Counties React to Governor’s New Rules, Extension of Stay-at-Home Order — Said Mayor Victorino: “The extension of the stay-at-home, work-from-home order was something we agreed with the governor on to protect our people. We also greatly appreciate the extension of the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for incoming travelers. The governor has officially reopened beaches for exercise, which we advocated for, as long as residents practice social distancing. We continue to encourage using the ocean and beach for active exercise, but discourage gatherings or lounging on the beach.” Mayor Kawakami also expressed his support for the extended measures and emphasized the importance of maintaining social distance and wearing masks outside of the home in his daily video address. He noted additional accommodations that local governments are making to adjust for the extended stay-at-home order.
 
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.
 
Hawai‘i Island
 
Hale Hoola Hamakua
Tue., Apr. 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
45-0547 Plumeria Street, Honokaa 96727
 
Hamakua-Kohala Health (Honokaa Clinic)
Tue., Apr. 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
45-549 Plumeria Street, Honokaa 96727
 
Hamakua-Kohala Health (Kapaau Clinic)
Tue., Apr. 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
53-3925 Akoni Pule Highway, Kapaau 96755
 
Hilo Medical Center
Tue., Apr. 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
1190 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo 96720
 
Kaiser Permanente Hilo Clinic
Tue., Apr. 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1292 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo 96720
 
Kaiser Permanente Kona Medical Office
Tue., Apr. 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
74-517 Honokohau Street, Kailua-Kona 96740
 
Puna Community Medical Center
Tue., Apr. 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
15-2662 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa 96778
 
Queen's North Hawaii Community Hospital
Tue., Apr. 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
67-1125 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea 96743
 
West Hawaii Community Health Center - Kailua-Kona
Tue., Apr. 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
75-5751 Kuakini Highway Suite 104, Kailua-Kona 96740
 
West Hawaii Community Health Center - Kealakehe Medical
Tue., Apr. 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
74-5214 Keanalehu Drive, Kailua-Kona 96740
 
West Hawaii Community Health Center - Kealakekua Medical
Tue., Apr. 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
81-980 Halekii Street Ste 107, Kealakekua 96750
 
West Hawaii Community Health Center - Waikoloa Medical
Tue., Apr. 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
68-1845 Waikoloa Road, Waikoloa 96738
 
Kau Hospital and Rural Health Clinic
Daily, 24 hours
79-1019 Haukapila Street, Kealakekua 96750
 
Maui County
While no drive-thru testing sites have been announced yet for tomorrow, you can visit the County’s website for other testing sites on Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lānaʻi.
 
REMINDER: Department of Labor and Industrial Relations — Here is a rundown of the new resources that the Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) 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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