06/15/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
June 15, 2020
 
Aloha from the office of U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard!
 
As you may have heard, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving on active duty orders with the Hawai‘i Army National Guard this week to fulfill her annual duty requirement. 
 
While she is on military orders, we will continue sending you these Coronavirus-related updates on her behalf. We are continuing to work on behalf of residents across Hawaiʻi through individual constituent casework and coordination with authorities, as well as working in Washington, D.C. to bring resources and support to the people of Hawai‘i.
 
So if you are in need of assistance, please call us at (808) 541-1986 or email TulsiOffice@mail.house.gov.
 
-Office of U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
 

EIDL Emergency Advance Update

 
As of Friday, June 12, the Small Business Administration has approved 1,332,955 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) emergency advances to small businesses across the country totaling $90,928,622. In Hawai‘i, 8,884 small businesses were awarded loans totaling $541,897,700.
 

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News & Resources

 
For a listing of federal and state resources on the Congresswoman’s website, which includes several of the ones listed below, please visit gabbard.house.gov/COVID-19.
 
Testing in Hawai‘i — Since Friday, there were a total of 30 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 736 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 736 cases, 17 have died, 91 required hospitalization and 630 have been released from isolation. There have been 71,575 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
 
What’s Open? What’s Not? Save Time and Read Ahead Online — It is important to remember that while we slowly reopen safely, some City and County of Honolulu services have been paused or have altered hours. Before you head out, check to see what is open and what services you can get online. Check out the OneOahu.org website to see what is open and what is closed in your area.
 
When it comes to businesses in Maui, Mayor Michael Victorino outlined another round of reopenings and the guidelines people must follow to do so safely. Bars, canoe paddling, outdoor organized team sports and more are coming back — but read the full announcement for a full rundown of what is opening and what guidelines to follow.
 
Maui Partnership Provides Food Assistance to Newly Unemployed — Mayor Michael Victorino announced a public-private partnership to provide food assistance to recently unemployed individuals and those in need. The County of Maui matched a $115,000 donation from the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation for COVID-19 relief efforts. The funds will be deployed to nonprofits Feed My Sheep, Hui No Ke Ola Pono, and Maui Food Bank to distribute food on the islands of Maui, Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i. The Bank of Hawaii Foundation donated $3 million to the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to address the growing social and economic impacts of COVID‑19 in Hawai‘i. From their donation, a total of $85,000 will be deployed through this initiative to feed families in Maui County.
 
Interisland Travel Information and Health Form — Interisland travel without the 14-day quarantine begins on June 16, 2020. This is a major step forward on the state’s road to economic recovery. Passengers on flights between the islands are now required to complete a new form before they board a plane for an interisland flight. Read more the requirements, get the form, and read answers to frequently asked questions on the Hawai‘i Department of Health webpage regarding travelers’ health.
 
Travelers arriving in Hawai‘i from out-of-state are still subject to the 14-day traveler quarantine. Travelers who are subject to the 14-day traveler quarantine should not complete this form. Interisland travel is prohibited for those in quarantine.
 
HUD Grants Funds to Habitat for Humanity Maui — Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded a Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant of $16,338 to Habitat for Humanity Maui. The funding is to help housing counseling agencies that provide counseling and advice to tenants and homeowners, with respect to property maintenance, financial management and literacy, and other matters as may be appropriate to assist program clients in improving their housing conditions, meeting their financial needs, and fulfilling the responsibilities of tenancy or homeownership.
 
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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This message was sent by the Office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard in compliance with guidance provided by the Committee on House Administration and the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard. The use of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Hawai‘i Army National Guard or the Department of Defense.

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