05/01/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

May 1, 2020
As we start a new month and wrap up Friday, I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend!
If there are any questions or issues we can assist you with, 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)

Sign Up Today for My Next Tele-Town Hall

My next tele-town hall will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. HT. If you would like to join the event, please sign up by visiting my website. In order to get a call for this event you should sign up today!

SSI Recipients Urged to Act Quickly to Expedite Economic Impact Payments

People receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment to apply for the $500 they are entitled to per child. They should immediately go to the IRS’s webpage at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Information section to provide their information. SSI recipients who have dependent children and did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes need to act by Tuesday, May 5, in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly.

VA Board of Veterans’ Appeals Expands Access to Virtual Hearings

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) today announced it is expanding access to virtual hearings to all Veterans awaiting their Board hearing after successfully testing the capabilities during the last year. The Board moved quickly to put this option into place in response to COVID-19 and the temporary suspension of in-person hearings. For Veterans who opted to have a hearing, choosing the virtual hearing will allow the Board to decide a Veteran’s appeal more quickly. Read more about the virtual hearings program here.

VA Participates in Clinical Trials to Fight COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced participation in a series of clinical trials and investigations across the nation aimed at finding ways to mitigate or potentially prevent symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in patients. VA’s most far-reaching effort is its cooperation with the Mayo Clinic, which is studying whether blood transfusions from people who recovered from COVID-19 can help those who are still suffering with symptoms. In cooperation with this program, more than 60 of VA’s medical centers and clinics are prepared to perform transfusions of this plasma to COVID-19 patients. You can read more about this on the VA’s website.

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News

Testing in Hawai‘i — There was 1 new case since yesterday and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 619 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 619 cases, 16 have died and 72 remain hospitalized and 532 have been released from isolation. There have been 32,432 lab tests conducted as of today (May 1).
HI to Get Over $58 Million for Rural Healthcare Providers — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released another $10 billion from the Provider Relief Fund — first created by the CARES Act — to rural health providers including community health centers. The funds will help these providers cover costs they have incurred in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Of these funds, Hawai‘i will be receiving $58,161,937.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Extended to Self-Employed, Gig Workers — The federal government’s CARES Act provides a separate program for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that extends eligibility to individuals who normally do not qualify for traditional unemployment benefits (e.g., self-employed, gig workers). You can complete the pre-application online at pua.hawaii.gov. Please note that the information you submit, including income, will be validated against the Hawai‘i tax records. If your data does not match, it will delay processing of your application.
Kaua‘i Begins Reopening — Mayor Kawakami noted that most County offices will come back online starting Mon., May 4 with a 4-day work week (6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mon.-Thu.) to help reduce the challenges renewed commuting poses to social distancing. He emphasized that not all offices will be immediately open to the public as additional precautions like plexiglass partitions and other measures are being implemented. All offices will be staffed, but individuals should call ahead using the County directory, www.kauai.gov/directory.
Maui County Update Outlines Reopening Guidelines — Yesterday, the County of Maui outlined its plans to reopen and the precautions they are taking to do so safely. In a series of slides from yesterday’s update presentation, officials outlined the principles guiding the decision (community, public health, and economy) as well as decision-making factors and requirements for open businesses and their customers. It also listed the activities, businesses, and industries currently allowed.

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 Aliʻi 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 Kīlauea Avenue Suite 105, Hilo 96720
Hale Hoʻōla Hāmākua
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
45-0547 Plumeria Street, Honoka‘a 96727
Hāmākua-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 Waiānuenue Avenue, Hilo 96720
Kaiser Permanente Hilo Clinic
Mondays-Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1292 Waiānuenue Avenue, Hilo 96720
Kaiser Permanente Kona Medical Office
Mondays-Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
74-517 Honokōhau Street, Kailua-Kona 96740
Kamehameha Park in North Kohala
Sat., May 2 ONLY, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (updated hours!)
Kamehameha Park Road, Kapa‘au 96755
Kaʻū Hospital and Rural Health Clinic
Daily, 24 hours
1 Kamani St, Pāhala 96777
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.
Hoʻolulu 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 Pāhoa Village Road, Pāhoa 96778
Queen's North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital
Mondays-Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
67-1125 Māmalahoa 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 Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi Community Health Center - Kealakekua Medical
Mondays-Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
81-980 Halekiʻi Street Ste 107, Kealakekua 96750
West Hawaiʻi 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 ***** CANCELLED *****
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)
Kalihi Union Church | Details
Tue., May 5 ONLY, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Entry will be from King Street
ʻEwa Beach | Details
Fri., May 8 ONLY, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
ʻEwa Beach Community Park
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
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

Office Locations