06/17/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

June 17, 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)

VA Partnership to Promote Lung Cancer Awareness

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has partnered with nonprofit GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer to increase awareness about lung screening options and improve outcomes for Veterans impacted by lung cancer. This partnership allows for the VA and GO2 to leverage resources, programs and services available through GO2 Foundation’s national network of more than 750 centers of excellence. Read more about the initiative on the VA’s website.

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 5 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 744 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 744 cases, 17 have died, 95 required hospitalization and 639 have been released from isolation. There have been 74,533 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated testing information, one case was removed from the counts.
If You Haven’t Done So Already, Complete the 2020 Census Today! — This is 2020 Census Week. The U.S. Census is conducted once every 10 years and the information is used to determine where and how resources are distributed across a wide range of federal programs. Be counted and make sure Hawai‘i gets its fair share! For more information about what the Census is, how it impacts Hawai‘i, and how to complete the 2020 Census, you can visit 2020census.gov and the Hawai‘i state website.
HIDOE Surveying Families for Feedback on Distance Learning — Parents and guardians of students enrolled at any Hawai‘i public or charter school during the 2019-2020 school year are invited to take 15 minutes to complete the survey (one survey per child) now until June 30, 2020. Visit the HIDOE website for more information and to get to the survey.
The survey is available in English, Ilokano, Chuukese, Tagalog and Marshallese. Those who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a prize drawing for a new iPad or Chromebook. Once the survey is submitted, a thank you message will appear with a link to enter the drawing. Survey results are intended to help HIDOE and schools better understand the progression of distance learning and areas of need across the state. Your feedback is essential in planning for the new school year.
Maui Partnership to Help with Housing — This week Maui County announced a partnership with the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) and Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA) to launch a Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) that will help thousands of residents get into housing — an intervention for economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Maui County and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation each provided matching funds of $250,000, for a total of $500,000, to launch and operate the FOC. Read more about the program here.
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 local and statewide 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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