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

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

May 5, 2020
Today is National Teacher Day and this week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. To my father-in-law who’s a public school teacher in Hawai‘i, and to all our teachers across the nation, I want to say thank you! I hear from a lot of parents right now who are especially appreciative of the great work our teachers do every single day. If you have a chance this week, thank a teacher for their service!
Leaders in Congress are negotiating the next round of emergency funding, which is focused on providing support for our state and local governments who are providing essential services to our communities.
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)

Next Tele-Town Hall Will Include Info for Small Business & Farmers

My next tele-town hall will take place this Wednesday, May 6 at 4:00 p.m. In addition to the latest updates from Congress, we will focus on the small business community — including farmers and employees.
You can sign up for this and upcoming tele-town hall meetings by visiting my website today!
Telephone Town Hall | COVID-19 Update # 8
Wednesday, May 6 at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time

REMINDER: Today is the last day for VA Benefit and SSI Recipients to Expedite Economic Impact Payments for Dependents

Today is the last day to register if you receive SSI or VA benefits, have qualifying children under the age of 17, and didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019. You 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. VA Benefits and SSI recipients who have dependent children and did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes need to act by TODAY, Tuesday, May 5, in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly.

Make Sure Our Neighbor Islands Are Counted

As we continue to see how different types of COVID-19 emergency aid is portioned out to communities across the country based on how many people live there, we are getting a better appreciation for how important it is to make sure Hawai‘i — especially our neighbor island and rural communities — are counted. How we are counted this year will affect funding from hospitals and housing to schools and environmental projects for the next 10 years. You can complete your 2020 Census survey online by visiting 2020census.gov today!

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News

Testing in Hawai‘i — There were 4 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths since yesterday. To date, there are 625 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 625 cases, 17 have died and 73 remain hospitalized and 551 have been released from isolation. There have been 35,918 lab tests conducted as of May 4.
HI National Guard Clarifies Quarantine Procedures — I’ve gotten requests from family members of National Guard service members seeking clarification on quarantine procedures for National Guard Soldiers/Airmen upon the completion of their activation.
COVID-19 symptomatic National Guard members will require an isolation period followed by a 14-day quarantine once their symptoms are gone.
Also, asymptomatic National Guard members with potential exposure to COVID-19 by coming in “close contact” with an individual who has a laboratory-confirmed, clinically diagnosed, or presumptive case of COVID-19 will require a 14-day isolation period.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines “Close Contact” as a person spending more than 10 minutes within 6 feet of a COVID-19 infected or presumptively infected individual without appropriate protective measures, or being in contact with secretions (e.g., being coughed on) from a person with COVID-19.
UH to Resume In-Person Instruction in the Autumn — The University of Hawaiʻi plans to resume in-person instruction for the fall 2020 semester on all 10 campuses. UH will deploy a COVID-19-aware approach to providing a safe, high-quality education for new and returning students, faculty and support staff as the semester begins as scheduled on Monday, August 24.
“We all realize that the fall will absolutely not be a return to business as usual,” said UH President David Lassner in a message to the 10 campuses. “There is still great uncertainty, but plans for the State are now taking shape and we have ourselves learned much over the last two months. Now, more than ever, the people of Hawaiʻi need the opportunity to affordably engage in higher education to advance their careers and their lives.”
County of Kaua‘i Helps Those in Need of Food — During yesterday’s video update, Mayor Kawakami highlighted a new partnership between the County of Kaua‘i, the Hawai‘i Food Bank — Kaua‘i Branch, and the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank to provide free food boxes every Saturday from May 9 through May 30. The first distribution will take place at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue on Sat., May 9 at 2:00 p.m. HT. The boxes are intended for Kaua‘i families that are food insecure. Proof of eligibility is required. See video for more details.
Maui Highlights Resources to Reopen Safely — In its latest press conference, the County of Maui highlighted resources available to residents including free mask distribution, job opportunity networking, and the rules regarding park openings and use. Read about these on the press conference slide show.
City and County of Honolulu Adjusting Transportation Services — As the City and County of Honolulu prepares for the planned ending of its stay-at-home order on May 18, it is making adjustments to parking, lane use, permits, and public transportation in the coming days and weeks. Learn more about how things will be changing by visiting the County’s website.
Blaisdell Center Box Office to Issue Refunds — The City and County of Honolulu reports that the Blaisdell Center Box Office will offer refunds starting Wednesday for canceled, postponed or rescheduled shows. The box office will be open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesdays to Thursdays until May 31, to provide refunds for tickets purchased at the box office. Read the complete announcement for more details.

Testing Sites and DLIR UI Information

Hawai‘i Island
Check out the County of Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 webpage for which lists over a dozen testing sites which are regularly open (see schedules).
St. Jude Church
Wed., May 6 ONLY, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
92-8606 Paradise Circle, Ocean View 96737
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
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