06/01/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

June 1, 2020
As we continue to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and our recovery efforts, our nation is facing great heartbreak and trauma in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Justice and accountability of those police officers responsible for his death are necessary, but more must be done. There are systemic issues related to institutional racism, implicit bias, police training, accountability, and more, that we as a nation must address and reform.
As we begin this new week, if there are any issues that we can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to 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 Telephone Town Hall Update on Wednesday

Want to hear the latest news on what is happening nationally and locally related to Coronavirus? Join me for my next tele-town hall this Wednesday. You can listen to my recent COVID-19 tele-town halls or sign up for upcoming events by visiting my website today!
Telephone Town Hall | COVID-19 Update # 12
Wednesday, June 3 at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time

SBA Update: Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

As of May 30, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 707,613 Economic Injury Disaster Relief Loans (EIDL) for a total of $55,792,697,609. In Hawai‘i, SBA has approved 5,063 EIDLs totaling $340,279,600.

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News

Testing in Hawai‘i — Over the weekend through today, there were a total of 4 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 652 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 652 cases, 17 have died, 83 required hospitalization and 608 have been released from isolation. There have been 55,719 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
Note that as a result of updated testing information, one case was removed from the counts.
Gov. Ige Lifts Inter-Island Quarantine Requirement — At a press conference today, Governor David Ige announced the lifting of the 14-day quarantine requirement for inter-island travel on June 16. You can view the video of today’s press conference on the Governor’s Facebook Page for more details.
2020 Census Field Operations Restarting, Response Rates as of 6/1 — The U.S. Census Bureau is restarting its field operations to ensure the completion of the 2020 Census. The Honolulu Area Census Office officially reopened today and will be restarting shortly on the Neighbor Islands. To date, the response rates 64.5% and 46.1%, for the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts in Hawai‘i.
If you’ve already received your official 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire in the mail, please be sure to complete it and return it OR complete it online! For more information, please visit the Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism’s 2020 Census webpage.
Upcoming Food Distribution, School “Grab-and-Go” — Here are details regarding upcoming food distribution events:
  • Keaau | Keaau High School | Tuesday, June 2 | 10am*
  • Waikoloa | Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School | Friday, June 5 | 10am
  • * Or until food supply is depleted. Please arrive early.
Also, some Kaua‘i District schools are continuing the Grab-and-Go meal program through July 17. The sites include:
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
Kapaa High School
Koloa Elementary School
Waimea High School
Kekaha Elementary School
Grab-and-Go sites will serve breakfast and lunch from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon weekdays, except holidays. Meal distribution is through walk-up and drive-thru lines. Dine-in options will not be available.

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., June 3 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
No testing sites have been announced, but you can check out the City and County of Honolulu’s dedicated COVID-19 information webpage.
Kaua‘i County
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.
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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