06/03/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
June 3, 2020
This afternoon at 4:00 p.m., I will be hosting my next telephone town hall meeting where we will be joined by employment attorney Darin Leong as well as Sondra Leiggi-Brandon, APRN, and Anthony P. Guerrero, M.D., from Queen’s Medical Center. We will discuss the latest news about federal relief efforts to help Hawai‘i as well as the mental health stress faced by many during this public health crisis and what resources are available to help those in need.
If you have not already signed up for my tele-town halls, you can still listen in live today at 4:00 p.m. by going to my website, gabbard.house.gov/live.
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,
Member of Congress (HI-02)
IRS Encourages Non-Filers to Register for EIP
With 159 million Economic Impact Payments (EIP) processed, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds many low-income Americans who don't usually file tax returns to register for a payment by October 15. Millions of low-income people and others who aren't required to file a tax return may be eligible for an Economic Impact Payment and can easily register for a payment by using the free Non-Filers tool, available only on IRS.gov.
Tax Deadline Approaches, July 15
In March, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) created the People First Initiative to help people facing the challenges of COVID-19 issues. The program is a series of steps to assist taxpayers by providing relief on a variety of issues ranging from easing payment guidelines to postponing compliance actions. With the extended tax filing deadline fast approaching, if you are facing such challenges, please check out the IRS People First Initiative webpage for more information.
COVID-19 Hawai‘i News & Resources
For a listing of federal and state resources on my website, which includes several of the ones listed below, please visit gabbard.house.gov/COVID-19.
Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there was a total of 1 new case and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 653 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 653 cases, 17 have died, 83 required hospitalization and 612 have been released from isolation. There have been 57,942 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated testing information, one case was removed from the counts.
Mental Health Resources — The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has placed a lot of stress on our society, both individually and as a community. These stresses range from physical health dangers and complications to the economic strain that many face due to stay-at-home measures that have impacted businesses and workers. These may also have significant mental health impacts on you or someone you know. The best thing to do is to be aware of what the warning signs are and what resources are available to help.
Hawai‘i Food Pantries and Assistance Programs — Visit these sites for more information about statewide and local food pantries as well as food assistance programs:
- Waikoloa | Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School | Friday, June 5 | 10am or until the food supply is depleted. Please arrive early.
Testing, Safely Reopening, Supporting Recovery — As the state increasingly moves forward with its reopening efforts, the state as well as local communities are organizing resources to help people learn more about what’s available in their community. In addition to listing the State and County COVID-19 news and resource websites, here are some new or updated websites that focus on recovery efforts.
State of Hawai‘i
COVID-19 Updates (https://hawaiicovid19.com/)
Unemployment Insurance (https://huiclaims.hawaii.gov/)
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (http://pua.hawaii.gov/)
NEW: Economic & Community Recovery Navigator (https://recoverynavigator.hawaii.gov/)
County of Kaua‘i
COVID-19 Updates (https://www.kauai.gov/covid-19)
NEW: Kūpa‘a Kaua‘i Website (https://kauaiforward.com/)
City and County of Honolulu
One O‘ahu Website (https://www.oneoahu.org/) *news & recovery info
County of Maui
COVID-19 Updates (https://www.covid19mauinui.com/) * news & recovery info
Testing Dates/Sites (https://www.covid19mauinui.com/testing)
County of Hawai‘i
COVID-19 Updates (website) * news & recovery info
Testing Dates/Sites (located on its FAQ webpage)