04/28/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
April 28, 2020
 
Aloha,
 
The latest emergency funding bill we passed in Congress provided funds for additional testing and tracing, and directed the Administration to develop a national testing strategy.
 
Today, both CVS and Walmart have announced that they will be offering free coronavirus self-swab tests starting in May to individuals that meet the Centers for Disease Control criteria. It is a small, but important step in the right direction to get us to the level of testing we need.
 
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)
 

Healthcare Takes Center Stage for Next Tele-Town Hall

 
Dr. Scott Miscovich from Premier Medical Group will talk about the latest testing efforts in Hawai‘i during tomorrow night’s tele-town hall meeting. I will also be joined by the state’s Medicaid Director and Deputy Director to talk about the resources available to Hawai‘i residents in need of healthcare during this crisis.
 
Jane Sawyer from the Small Business Administration will also join the call to update everyone and answer questions about the SBA’s COVID-19 relief programs.
 
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
 

New Bill Directs President to Use DPA to Make Testing Kit Components

 
Last week, I introduced H.R.6609 with Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) which directs the President to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to procure all necessary components, materials, and supplies to conduct molecular and serological COVID-19 medical testing nationwide.
 

IRS Enhances “Get My Payment” Online Tool

 
Over the weekend, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced significant enhancements to the “Get My Payment” online tool to assist Americans eligible to receive Economic Impact Payments.
 
The IRS strongly urges people who haven’t received a payment date yet to visit “Get My Payment” again for the latest information.
 
The enhancements, which started last week and continued through the weekend, adjusted several items related to the online tool, which debuted on April 15. The IRS notes that the additional changes will help millions of additional taxpayers with new or expanded information and access to adding direct deposit information.
 

CDC Updates Information About Pets and COVID-19

 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware of a small number of pets, including dogs and cats, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. Only a few of the animals reported to be positive showed signs of illness. CDC is working with human and animal health partners to monitor this situation and will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19. Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection.
 
  • Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
  • Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
  • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.

 

You can read about the full guidance and latest news the CDC has on this topic here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html.

 

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News

 
Testing in Hawai‘i — There were 2 new cases since yesterday and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 609 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 609 cases, 16 have died and 69 remain hospitalized and 505 have been released from isolation. There have been 29,862 lab tests conducted as of April 27.
 
City and County of Honolulu Match Funds to Help Feed Newly Unemployed — The City & County of Honolulu matched a $1 million donation from the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) for COVID-19 relief efforts. The funds will go to Hawaii Foodbank to deploy food distributions at four new locations across O‘ahu beginning Thursday, April 30, 2020. This will be in addition to the existing food distributions at 200 Hawaii Foodbank Partner Agencies island wide. Read more about this development on the Hawai‘i Food Bank’s COVID-19 response webpage.
 

Testing Sites and DLIR UI Information

 
Hawai‘i Island
Check out the County of Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 webpage for Testing Sites for details.
 
Ali‘i Health Center
Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Old Kona Airport, Kailua-Kona 96740
 
Ali‘i Health Center (Keauhou Shopping Center)
Mondays and Thursdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
78-6831 Alii Drive #232, Kailua-Kona 96740
 
Aloha Urgent Care
Mondays-Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays-Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
75-5995 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona 96740
 
Bay Clinic Administration Office
Monday-Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
450 Kilauea Avenue Suite 105, Hilo 96720
 
Hale Hoola Hamakua
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
45-0547 Plumeria Street, Honokaa 96727
 
Hamakua-Kohala Health (Honokaa Clinic)
Mondays-Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
45-549 Plumeria Street, Honokaa 96727
 
Hamakua-Kohala Health (Kapaau Clinic)
Mondays-Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
53-3925 Akoni Pule Highway, Kapaau 96755
 
Hilo Medical Center
Mondays-Fridays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
1190 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo 96720
 
Honokaa Sports Complex
Fri., May 1 ONLY, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
45-3386 Mamane Street, Honokaa 96727
 
Kaiser Permanente Hilo Clinic
Mondays-Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1292 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo 96720
 
Kaiser Permanente Kona Medical Office
Mondays-Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
74-517 Honokohau Street, Kailua-Kona 96740
 
Kamehameha Park
Sat., May 2 ONLY, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Kamehameha Park Road, Kapaau 96755
 
Kau Hospital and Rural Health Clinic
Daily, 24 hours
79-1019 Haukapila Street, Kealakekua 96750
 
Kohala Hospital
Daily, 24 hours
54-383 Hospital Road, Kapaau 96755
 
Kona Community Hospital
Daily, 24 hours
79-1019 Haukapila Street, Kealakekua 96750
 
Na‘alehu Community Center
Wed., Apr. 29 ONLY, from 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
95-5636 Hawaii Belt Road, Naalehu 96772
 
Premier Medical Group
Sun., May 3 ONLY, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hoolulu Complex (Civic), Hilo 96720
 
Premier Medical Group
Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Old Kona Airport, Kailua-Kona 96740
 
Puna Community Medical Center
Mondays-Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
15-2662 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa 96778
 
Queen's North Hawaii Community Hospital
Mondays-Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
67-1125 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea 96743
 
St. Jude Church
Wed., May 6 ONLY, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
92-8606 Paradise Circle, Ocean View 96737
 
West Hawaii Community Health Center - Kailua-Kona
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 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
Mondays-Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
74-5214 Keanalehu Drive, Kailua-Kona 96740
 
West Hawaii Community Health Center - Kealakekua Medical
Mondays-Fridays, 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
Mondays-Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
68-1845 Waikoloa Road, Waikoloa 96738
 
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.
 
City and County of Honolulu
ʻEwa Beach | Details
Wed., Apr. 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Geiger Community Park (corner of Kapolei Parkway and Kahiuka Street)
 
Wahiawā | Details
Sat., May 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Leilehua High School parking lot
 
Ala Moana | Details
Sat., May 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Ala Moana Center (enter from Piʻikoi Street, then head up the ramp to the parking lot on the second floor)
 
Kaua ‘i County
Daily @ Wilcox Medical Center 
Monday-Friday @ Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital
 
Kapa‘a | Details (video update)
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Kaua‘i Medical Clinic
 
Kilauea | Details (video update)
Wed. Apr. 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fri., May 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Anaina Hou Community Park
 
Unemployment Insurance Compensation Claims — 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
 
Newly Out of Work Unemployment Claim: (808) 762- 5752
If You Have Filed Unemployment Before: (808) 762-5751
Unemployment Office Call Center: (833) 901-2275
 
O‘ahu 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
Kaua‘i 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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