06/05/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

June 5, 2020
As we head into the weekend, I will continue to keep you updated on through these newsletters, as well as on my website which has a compilation of the resources I have included in past newsletters. You can view them online at gabbard.house.gov/COVID-19.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you need assistance. You can 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)

HHS Announces New Lab Data Reporting Guidance

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new Guidance that specifies what additional data must be reported to HHS by laboratories along with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) test results. The Guidance standardizes reporting to ensure that public health officials have access to comprehensive and nearly real-time data to inform decision making in their response to COVID-19. As the country begins to reopen, access to clear and accurate data is essential to communities and leadership for making decisions critical to a phased reopening.

CFPB Helping on Housing, Financial Security

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has just put out a video on Renters Protection under the CARES Act. The video, and related information, can be viewed on the Bureau’s website.
To guide homeowners with federally backed loans through the process of obtaining mortgage relief, the CFPB and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors today released a Consumer Relief Guide with borrowers’ rights to mortgage payment forbearance and foreclosure protection under the federal CARES Act. You can view the guide here.
For more CFPB information on housing issues during the COVID-19 public health crisis, you can visit its dedicated website on housing assistance.
Finally, the CFPB also has a website to help people protect and manage their finances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

VA to Resume Committal Services

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries will resume committal services starting June 9 in all but two VA national cemeteries. VA national cemeteries will contact families who were unable to hold a committal service due to the COVID-19 pandemic to arrange memorial services for their loved ones beginning in July. Get more details from the VA’s full announcement.

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 were a total of 9 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 664 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 664 cases, 17 have died, 83 required hospitalization and 614 have been released from isolation. There have been 60,985 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
O‘ahu Driver Licencing Centers Open, By Appointment — Honolulu licensing centers are once again welcoming customers, but if you need a new driver’s license or are looking to renew your old one, you must first make an appointment. The move is part of the City and County’s effort to reopen services safely for the public. For more information, visit the County’s website.
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:
Also, a public-private partnership between the City and County of Honolulu, the Bank of Hawaii Foundation and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to provide food assistance to recently unemployed individuals is set to conclude with a final food distribution event on Tuesday, June 9, also at 9 a.m. at Aloha Stadium. Read the full announcement to learn more.
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
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
County of Hawai‘i
COVID-19 Updates (website) * news & recovery info
Testing Dates/Sites (located on its FAQ webpage)

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