06/22/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

June 22, 2020
I’d like to wish a belated happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I did a week of Army duty last week, and am now getting ready to return to Washington, D.C. tomorrow where votes are scheduled for later this week.
I look forward to restarting my virtual town hall events and updating you on the legislation we are working on in Washington in the coming days.
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)

SBA Seeks Transparency, Will Publish PPP Data

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have agreed to make public additional data regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This agreement will ensure that the interests of both transparency and protections for small businesses are served. SBA will disclose the business names, addresses, NAICS codes, zip codes, business type, demographic data, non-profit information, jobs supported, and loan amount ranges. However, for loans below $150,000, totals will be released, aggregated by ZIP code, by industry, by business type, and by various demographic categories. Read more on the SBA’s website.

SBA Releases Latest EIDL and PPP Numbers

As of June 20, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 4,666,560 Paycheck Protection Program loans totaling $514,939,789,916. For Hawai‘i, 24,036 small businesses were approved for PPP loans totaling $2,474,132,157.
As of June 20, the SBA has approved 1,775,539 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) totaling $113,307,061,331. In Hawai‘i 11,657 small businesses were approved for these loans totaling $675,661,400.

Army Emergency Relief Announces New Program

Effective immediately, eligible Soldiers with dependent children in kindergarten through twelfth grade may receive up to $500 per family for supplies to support homeschooling. The eligibility period for this special category of assistance is retroactive to March 1, 2020, and will continue until rescinded by AER headquarters. Assistance may be provided as a zero-interest loan or grant to cover costs for traditional educational materials such as pens, paper, and books as well as educational technology including computers, tablets, and software. Eligibility is extended to active duty, retired, and medically retired Soldiers, survivors, U.S. Army Reserve (USAR), and Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers activated on Title 10 orders for 31 or more days. USAR and ARNG Soldiers activated on Title 10 or Title 32 orders in support of COVID-19 are also eligible, regardless of the length of activation. Read more.

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 Friday, there were a total of 29 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 816 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 816 cases, 17 have died, 99 required hospitalization and 669 have been released from isolation. There have been 80,394 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, two cases were removed from the counts.
Big Island to Get CDBG Grant from CARES Act Funds — The County of Hawai‘i announced today that its Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) will be receiving over $900,000 of Community Development Block Grant funds which were part of the emergency assistance made available as part of the CARES Act. Public agencies and non-profit organizations may apply for these funds to prevent, prepare, and respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and are meant to help address public health, housing, and economic recovery needs.
Kalana O Maui Building Has Reopened — Starting today, the Kalana O Maui Building has reopened to the public. Public access will be through the second-floor lobby only. The building will open during normal business hours from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. The Office of the County Clerk on the 7th Floor is reopened during normal business hours, but the Office of Council Services will remain closed to the public. Anyone entering the County Building must wear a facial covering and practice physical distancing. Hand sanitizer pump bottles are placed throughout the building for public use. Read the announcement for more information.
Two Maui Bus Routes to Resume July 1 — Two Maui Bus fixed routes will be reinstated effective July 1, 2020 — the Wailuku Reverse #2 and the Kahului Reverse #6. The routes had been suspended because of a drop in ridership due to COVID-19. However, the Kihei Villager #15 and Kaʻanapali Islander #25 routes will still remain suspended until further notice.
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)

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