06/08/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
June 8, 2020
As I announced previously, my usual weekly telephone town hall will be moving to a monthly town hall held on the first Wednesday of every month.
In addition to that, I’ll be hosting a weekly Facebook Live virtual town hall that will stream live on my Facebook Page starting this Wednesday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m. HST.
I will provide a few quick updates and answer some questions — including frequent questions I have been receiving about the coronavirus crisis as well as our response and recovery. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the event.
I will continue to host telephone town hall events monthly, the next one is scheduled for July 1st.
If you have questions or 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 Updates on EIDL and PPP
The Small Business Administration provided updates on the funds awarded through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). As of June 6, here are the numbers for both programs and what it has meant to Hawai‘i.
EIDL: 1,130,731 businesses awarded a total of $79,983,728,633
For Hawai‘i, that is 7,681 businesses awarded a total of $482,487,700.
PPP: 4,531,883 loans awarded to businesses for a total of $511,382,171,979
For Hawai‘i, that is 23,651 loans awarded to businesses for a total of $2,468,570,791.
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 Thursday Jun. 4, there were a total of 21 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 676 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 676 cases, 17 have died, 84 required hospitalization and 618 have been released from isolation. There have been 63,533 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
Maui Budgets CARES Act Funds — Mayor Michael Victorino signed a budget amendment into law today for $67 million in federal CARES Act funding to address public health and economic impacts caused by COVID-19. About a third of CARES Act funding will support grants for households, small businesses and childcare. Additional funds are planned for public safety, property acquisition, recovery initiatives, equipment and construction, and administrative costs.
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’s Department of Health, Adult Mental Health Division (including the 24/7 Mental Health Access Line, 1-800-753-6879)
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:
- Ocean View | Kahuku Park | Tuesday, June 9 | 10am
- Hilo | Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium | Wednesday, June 10 | 10am
- Waimea | Waimea District Park | Thursday, June 11 | 10am
- All events start at the time noted and last 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)