06/09/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
June 9, 2020
Hawai‘i continues to receive important federal assistance to help deal with the fallout from the coronavirus crisis. Today, Hawai‘i is receiving funds to help people facing housing challenges due to the economic impact of the pandemic. We are also seeing additional funds to help healthcare providers cover COVID-19 related costs for children, the elderly, and low-income families. You can read more below.
I will be updating you on this and other coronavirus news during my virtual town hall tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. that I will be hosting on my Facebook Page. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the event.
I will also answer your questions as we do all we can to prevent a second wave outbreak.
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)
HUD Awards New CARES Act Housing Assistance Funds
Today, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department awarded $2.96 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funding to support homeless Americans and individuals at risk of becoming homeless because of hardships such as job loss, wage reduction, or illness due to COVID-19. This is the remaining amount of ESG funds that Congress approved as part of the CARES Act. You can view the breakdown of how funds were distributed on HUD’s website.
As part of this latest distribution, the City and County of Honolulu will receive $22,370,813 and, statewide, Hawai‘i will get an additional $8,466,976 in ESG funds.
In my April 3rd COVID-19 update e-newsletter, I shared news about the first round of housing-related CARES Act funds distributed to Hawai‘i.
HHS Distributes Additional Funds to Support Healthcare Providers
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs. HHS expects to distribute approximately $15 billion to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation. HHS is also announcing the distribution of $10 billion in Provider Relief Funds to safety net hospitals that serve our most vulnerable citizens. The safety net distribution will occur this week. You can read more on HHS’s website about how these new funds will help healthcare providers as they respond to COVID-19.
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 6 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 682 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 682 cases, 17 have died, 84 required hospitalization and 621 have been released from isolation. There have been 64,501 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
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:
- 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)