06/11/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

June 11, 2020
Although we cannot gather in person this year to celebrate Kamehameha Day, we remember the legacy of leadership he left behind. His Law of the Splintered Paddle showed us that we must protect the most vulnerable in our community. His embrace of foreign advisors and technology showed us that sometimes we need to look outside the box for solutions, and that doing so doesn’t compromise who we are. His unification of the islands in an age of global conquest showed the value of foresight and making the tough choices for the future. Mahalo Kamehameha, Hawaiʻi’s great king.
Yesterday, I hosted a virtual town hall where I discussed where things stand with federal relief efforts to help Hawai‘i cope with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you missed it, you can check it out here: watch it online.
I will not be hosting a town hall next week as I will be on Army duty all week. Our next virtual town hall will be Thursday, June 25th on Facebook Live at 4:00 p.m.
If you are in need of assistance, please 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 Grants Funds for COVID-19 Training & Technical Assistance

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $8 million to 73 organizations that provide training and technical assistance to HRSA-funded health centers nationwide. These organizations will provide critical COVID-19 resources to health centers, including support and expertise to advance health centers’ ability to prevent, prepare, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hawai‘i Primary Care Association is receiving $95,408 in funds as part of this effort.

CFPB Works to Prevent Scams That Defraud Kūpuna

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the creation of an online resource to help communities form networks to increase their capacity to prevent and respond to elder financial abuse. The Elder Fraud Prevention and Response Networks Development Guide offers planning tools, templates, and exercises to help communities create a collaborative network to fight elder fraud or refresh or expand an existing network.

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 7 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 692 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 692 cases, 17 have died, 86 required hospitalization and 623 have been released from isolation. There have been 67,392 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
Governor Extends COVID-19 Emergency Period Through July — Yesterday, Gov. Ige signed a ninth supplementary emergency proclamation that extends the COVID-19 emergency period through July 31. The emergency proclamation lifts the quarantine requirement for inter-island travelers effective 12:01 a.m. on June 16, 2020. However, it also leaves in place the quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers. The governor has the authority to make exemptions for transit corridors/bubbles. Read the full announcement.
Governor Approves Kaua‘i Mayor’s Emergency Rule # 12 — The new emergency rule allows for the reopening — with proper safety precautions in place — of additional businesses and operations including short term rentals, transient vacation rentals, and homestay operations as well as bars and bar top services — with limitations. Read the full rule here.
DLIR Announces Revised UI Info — The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) announced newly-revised numbers that more accurately reflect the progress made in assisting unemployment insurance claimants as well as accurately diagnosing the scope of the outstanding claims yet to be processed. “Eighty-eight percent (88%) of the valid unemployment insurance claims that have come in since the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown have been processed and paid out by the DLIR. We sincerely appreciate people’s patience and wanted the public to know the scope of the remaining issues as well as the scope of the incredible progress made,” said Deputy Director Anne Perreira-Eustaquio. Read the full release.
Big Island No-Cost 2020 Summer Fun Program Extends Enrollment — The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation announces extended enrollment for the no-cost 2020 Summer Fun program at 7 sites across the Big Island. The program will begin on Monday, June 15 and end on Friday, July 17, operating from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and include a snack and take home-lunch.  Enrollment is open to children who have completed 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th grade this past school year.  There is NO CHARGE for this program. Enrollment will be accepted on a first come, first served basis by calling the Recreation Division at 961-8740 during business hours (7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). No walk-in enrollment applications will be accepted. Get more details from the full announcement.
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:
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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