04/29/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
April 30, 2020
 
Aloha,
 
Join me at 4:00 p.m. today for my next tele-town hall meeting. I will be joined by Dr. Scott Miscovich who will update us on testing efforts across the state as well as the Director and Deputy Director of the Hawai‘i’s Medicaid office to talk about how the program is helping folks get healthcare during this crisis.
 
Jane Sawyer, the Hawai‘i Director of the Small Business Administration will be on the call as well to talk about the latest round of funding available to your small businesses. We will also have employment law attorney Darin Leong on the call to help answer questions from employees and employers about the Payment Protection Program and other CARES Act relief programs.
 
If you haven’t signed up for the call already, you can listen in online at https://gabbard.house.gov/live.
 
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)
 

Treasury Warns About Economic Impact Payments to Deceased

 
Yesterday, in an interview published in the Wall Street Journal, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said that Economic Impact Payments — the one-time $1200 direct benefit payments to individuals, $500 for child dependents made possible by the CARES Act— should not be kept by family members of those who are deceased.
 
Secretary Mnuchin noted that people who died in 2018 and 2019 were not eligible for the benefit — technically a tax credit — but that people who die this year still may have a tax-filing obligation for 2020 and therefore may be eligible for the benefit.
 
The Treasury Department has yet to issue official guidance on the matter, but the Secretary indicated that the Department is looking into the matter.
 

CDC Updates Testing Criteria, Prioritization

 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its criteria and prioritization for testing individuals. Currently, the following groups are now considered the highest priorities for testing:
 
  • Hospitalized patients
  • Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders with symptoms
  • Residents in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings, including prisons and shelters, with symptoms
  • Persons identified through public health cluster and selected contact investigations
 
Other prioritized groups are:
 
  • Persons with symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection, including: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea and/or sore throat
  • Persons without symptoms who are prioritized by health departments or clinicians, for any reason, including but not limited to: public health monitoring, sentinel surveillance, or screening of other asymptomatic individuals according to state and local plans
 

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News

 
Testing in Hawai‘i — There were 4 new cases since yesterday and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 613 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 613 cases, 16 have died and 69 remain hospitalized and 516 have been released from isolation. There have been 30,970 lab tests conducted as of April 28.
 
Food for Those in Need on Maui, Lānaʻi — Mayor Victorino announced two food distribution sites for today to help get food to those in need as the COVID-19 public health crisis continues. The two events take place this afternoon:
 
Maui | Hana Ball Park | 3:00 p.m. HT (click for more details)
Lānaʻi | County Gym parking lot | 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. HT (click for more details)
 
HI Safety Checks for Vehicles Temporarily Halted — Motorists are reminded that a safety check inspection is not required to renew motor vehicle registrations that are expiring in April or May. The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation has closed safety inspection stations to comply with social distancing recommendations stemming from COVID-19 and extended safety inspection certificates as well as stickers through May 31, 2020. Read more about this from the City and County of Honolulu.
 
Maui Reminds HI Residents About Services for Families, Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault — “If someone needs services for domestic violence and sexual assault, we want them to seek help,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “It is a matter of concern that from March 20 to April 22 there have been no child forensic interviews at the Children’s Justice Center. There’s no apparent reason for this decline other than it suggests people are unaware that services are available, even during this COVID-19 emergency.” See the full announcement here for more information.
 

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
 
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
Wahiawā | Details
Sat., May 2 ONLY, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Leilehua High School parking lot
 
Ala Moana | Details
Sat., May 2 ONLY, 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)
Fri., May 1 ONLY, 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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