05/13/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
May 13, 2020
At 4:00 p.m. today, I’ll be hosting a telephone town hall, joined by Lt. Gov. Josh Green to talk about the benchmarks we have to meet and challenges we have to overcome as we look to reopen the state safely, and to answer your questions.
I will also discuss the new emergency assistance bill that was introduced yesterday in the House. After the call, I will head to Washington, D.C. for a scheduled vote on this as well as new rules to help the House operate remotely during this crisis.
You can listen to the tele-town hall online by going to my website, gabbard.house.gov/live.
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,
Member of Congress (HI-02)
SBA Provides New Guidance for Businesses Returning PPP Funds
The Small Business Administration has previously stated that all PPP loans in excess of $2 million, and other PPP loans as appropriate, will be subject to review by SBA for compliance with program requirements set forth in the PPP Interim Final Rules and in the Borrower Application Form.
According to new guidance released today, if SBA determines in the course of its review that a borrower lacked an adequate basis for the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request, SBA will seek repayment of the outstanding PPP loan balance and will inform the lender that the borrower is not eligible for loan forgiveness. If the borrower repays the loan after receiving notification from SBA, SBA will not pursue administrative enforcement or referrals to other agencies based on its determination with respect to the certification concerning the necessity of the loan request.
OSHA: 10 Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has prepared a 10 step guide, available online, for businesses to follow in order to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. However, these measures alone are not a guarantee that a business may open safely. That is a decision that should factor in the public health circumstances in the area.
CDC Still Recommends Essential Travel Only
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that you stay home as much as possible, especially if your trip is not essential, and practice social distancing especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness. Don’t travel if you are sick or travel with someone who is sick. You can read all about its travel recommendations on its website.
COVID-19 Hawai‘i News
Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were 3 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 638 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 638 cases, 17 have died and 81 remain hospitalized and 563 have been released from isolation. There have been 38,881 lab tests conducted as of May 12.
Hawai‘i Gets More Federal Funds for Testing/Tracing — As part of the 4th emergency funding bill passed by Congress last month, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, funds were allocated to help states build their testing and tracing capabilities. Of the $11 billion dedicated to this effort, $50,283,598 will be distributed to Hawai‘i.
CARES Act Funds Used for Honolulu Small Business Relief — Yesterday, the City and County of Honolulu announced a Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund using $25 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The program, set to be launched on Monday, May 18, will reimburse small businesses for costs incurred from business interruption due to Emergency Proclamations and helps small businesses implement safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City’s Office of Economic Development (OED) has collaborated with community credit unions to receive grant applications and disburse funds. The participating credit unions are Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union, Hawai‘i State Federal Credit Union, Hawai‘i USA Federal Credit Union, and Honolulu Federal Credit Union.
Testing and Tracing Will Help Kaua‘i Reopen Safely — As the County looks to reopen safely, testing and contact tracing will play an important role. In yesterday’s daily update, Mayor Kawakami explained the tracing process to help increase awareness about it and dispel any misconceptions. Watch the video here.
Testing Sites and DLIR UI Information
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).
Sat., May 16 ONLY, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Kamehameha Park Road, Kapa‘au 96755
Pāhoa District Park
Wed., May 20 ONLY, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa 96778
Premier Medical Group
Mon., May 18 ONLY, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hoʻolulu Complex (Civic), Hilo 96720
Waimea District Park
Fri., May 15 ONLY, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Ala ʻŌhiʻa Road, Waimea 96743
St. Jude Church
Wed., May 20 ONLY, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
92-8606 Paradise Circle, Ocean View 96737
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
No testing sites have been announced, but you can check out the City and County of Honolulu’s dedicated COVID-19 information webpage.
Daily @ Wilcox Medical Center
Monday-Friday @ Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital
Kapa‘a | Details (video update, 5:45 mark)
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.
As of May 11, 2020, the DLIR is using an alphabetical system for filing unemployment insurance claims to help ease the strain on its system and streamline the process. Those whose last name starts with the letters:
A through G should file on Mondays.
H through O should file on Tuesdays.
P through Z should file on Wednesdays.
If you missed your day, everyone can file on Thursdays through Sunday.
The hours to file are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. On weekends and holidays, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilo Claims Office: email@example.com
Kona Claims Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maui Claims Office: email@example.com
Kaua‘i Claims Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
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): email@example.com
Individuals who have received an email, letter or other message (screenshot) that says that they are disqualified from UI: firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals who would like to request language assistance from UI (the interpretation services would be provided free of charge and via telephone): email@example.com