06/16/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

June 16, 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)

SBA Reopens EIDL to All Eligible Applicants

The U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19. Read the full announcement here.
SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.

SBA Releases Latest PPP Numbers

As of June 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to 4,576,388 small businesses totaling $512,271,684,146. In Hawai‘i, PPP loans were approved to 23,786 small businesses totaling $2,465,011,254.

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 yesterday, there were a total of 4 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 740 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 740 cases, 17 have died, 92 required hospitalization and 637 have been released from isolation. There have been 73,078 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
Kaua‘i Outlines How CARES Act Funds Will Help Local Recovery — During yesterday’s video update, Mayor Kawakami outlined how the County of Kaua‘i is organizing funds it will be receiving through the CARES Act in order to help Kaua‘i’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. The funds will be used for direct support efforts ($9.25 million), economic and supply chain resiliency ($11.1 million), and response and preparedness ($8.4 million). What initiatives will be supported under each of these categories? Watch the video to find out more.
AmeriCorps Responds to COVID-19, Helps Hawai‘i’s Economically Disadvantaged — The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) shared the work of 64 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates working in Hawai‘i. They will be serving with several organizations and supporting a wide range of issues throughout the state, including:
  • University of Hawaiʻi – Office of Research Services (Honolulu) – Summer Associates will facilitate a program where college students use the summer to engage in service activities that address the needs of those experiencing poverty.
  • Waiākea High School (Hilo) – Members will work with various K-12 schools in the Hilo-Waiākea complex to set up summer programs for economically disadvantaged youth.
The AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates program provides intensive, short-term opportunities for service lasting eight-to-10 weeks focused on the most critical needs in a community. The AmeriCorps members earn a living stipend and an education award. Often, their service is focused on helping students prevent summer learning loss and supporting free summer meals programs for children, adults, and families to ensure all Americans have enough to eat. You can read more on the CNCS website about the program and how its participants are helping our nation respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
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)
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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