04/30/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
April 30, 2020
 
Aloha,
 
Yesterday, I hosted my seventh weekly coronavirus-related tele-town hall meeting. Dr. Scott Miscovich updated us on testing efforts across the state and explained why it is important in determining how we can safely reopen Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i’s Medicaid Director, Dr. Judy Mohr Peterson, and her Deputy, Meredith Nichols, were on the call to share information about healthcare resources available to residents who are feeling the economic strain during this pandemic. Jane Sawyer, the state’s Small Business Administration director, spoke about the new funds Congress has provided for small business relief programs. She and employment law attorney Darin Leong answered questions from business owners about the unique challenges they are facing.
 
You can listen to the event online by visiting my website where you can also sign up to join future tele-town hall events. The next one will be Wednesday, May 6 at 4:00 p.m. HT. If you’d like to join next week’s town hall, sign up at gabbard.house.gov.
 
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)
 

NIH Announces Results in Treatment Trial

 
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that hospitalized patients with advanced COVID-19 and lung involvement who received Remdesivir — an investigational broad-spectrum antiviral treatment administered via daily infusion — recovered, on average, faster than similar patients who received placebo, according to a preliminary data analysis from a randomized, controlled trial involving 1063 patients.
 

COVID-19 Resources for Veterans

 
In light of the ongoing 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many veterans have been asking questions about what the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its medical facilities are doing to protect and care for veterans during the outbreak. The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has launched a webpage to answer frequently asked questions about what Veterans can do.
 

Telehealth Efforts Get $20 Million in CARES Act Funds

 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $20 million to increase telehealth access and infrastructure for health care providers and families to help prevent and respond to COVID-19. The funds will increase capability, capacity, and access to telehealth and distant care services.
 

Keep Safe, CDC Quick Take — Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

 
Hawai‘i’s residents are helping prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by adhering to social distancing guidelines, staying at home and maintaining 6 ft. or greater distances when leaving home, practicing vigilant hygiene, and wearing a face mask when outside of their homes.
 
In order to help ensure proper measures are being taken, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued several guidelines, including the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). You can view the chart here and learn more about how to protect yourself and others by visiting the CDC’s website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
 
COVID-19 Hawai‘i News
 
Testing in Hawai‘i — There were 5 new cases since yesterday and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 618 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 618 cases, 16 have died and 70 remain hospitalized and 526 have been released from isolation. There have been 31,537 lab tests conducted as of April 29.
 
DLIR Launches Webpage for Federal Pandemic UI — The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) is accepting applications to distribute federal pandemic unemployment assistance. The program can be accessed at pua.hawaii.gov. The website is accepting pre-applications and processing is expected around May 15.
 
Honolulu to Reopen Some Businesses Starting Today — Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced yesterday that certain businesses will be allowed to open with limitations on O‘ahu according to his amended Stay at Home/Work From Home Order, Emergency Order No. 2020-09. This Order is effective from 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 through 4:30 p.m. on May 18. Read the announcement to learn more about which businesses are affected.
 
Maui County and Partners Distribute Food in Hana — About 400 bags of food were distributed yesterday to individuals impacted by COVID-19 in Hana. The distribution was a joint effort with Project Ho`omana, VIP Foodservice, Mahi Pono, Maui Soda & Ice Works, Maui County Farm Bureau, the County of Maui and countless volunteers. Over 5,000 bags of food and produce have been distributed to communities across Maui County.
 
Kaua‘i Mayor Kawakami Talks Phased Reopening — Kaua‘i has seen no new COVID-19 infections and its last active case has returned home for recovery. In his latest video update, Mayor Kawakami reminds everyone that the County must remain cautious as it considers how to reopen the island since renewed movement can move the virus as well. The County, being one of the largest employers on the island, is looking at ways to mitigate the risk to its workers when it starts to reopen — including a temporary 4-day, 10 hour/day, work week.
 

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, Honoka‘a 96727
 
Hamakua-Kohala Health (Honoka‘a Clinic)
Mondays-Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
45-549 Plumeria Street, Honoka‘a 96727
 
Hamakua-Kohala Health (Kapa‘au Clinic)
Mondays-Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
53-3925 Akoni Pule Highway, Kapa‘au 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, Honoka‘a 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, Kapa‘au 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, Kapa‘au 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
 
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
 
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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