06/24/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
June 24, 2020
 
Aloha,
 
As you know, several states — including Hawai‘i — have seen increases in COVID-19 cases since stay-at-home orders have eased and travel restrictions have eased. Being an island state gives us some protection, but it’s not absolute, which is why we must make sure we are doing everything we can to be safe.
 
I just landed in Washington, D.C. a few hours ago. This week, the House will be voting on several important bills and I look forward to discussing them as well as what we are doing to help fight the spread of COVID-19 with you during my next Facebook town hall meeting on Friday at 4:00 p.m. HST.
 
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)
 

CFPB Helping Homeowners Hit With COVID-Related Financial Hardship

 
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) issued today an interim final rule (IFR) that will make it easier for consumers to transition out of financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and easier for mortgage servicers to assist those consumers. The CARES Act provides forbearance relief for consumers with federally-backed mortgage loans. The mortgage industry has developed different options for borrowers to repay the payments that were forborne under the CARES Act. For example, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may permit some borrowers to defer repayment of the forborne amounts until the end of the mortgage loan. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has a similar program. These programs require the servicer to collect only minimal information from the borrower before offering the option. Read more about what’s covered by the rule on the CFPB website.
 

REMINDER: New Deadline for REAL ID is Oct. 1, 2021

 
Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline by a year. The new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021.
 
Beginning October 1, 2021, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.
 
Learn more about the REAL ID on the Transportation Security Administration’s website.
 

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 16 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 835 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 835 cases, 17 have died, 105 required hospitalization, and 686 have been released from isolation. There have been 83,301 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
 
Honolulu Gets PPE Donation from Fuzhou, China — The City and County of Honolulu accepted a delivery of 35,000 donated masks today. This included 20,000 disposable masks donated by the City of Fuzhou, China. Honolulu received a shipment of purchased masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) from Fuzhou earlier this year. The delivery, arranged by Jack Zhang of the Hawai‘i Fujian Business Association, will be used by Honolulu’s first responders in the Honolulu Police Department, Fire Department, and Emergency Services Department. Read more in the full announcement.
 
REMINDER: Drive-Through Testing on Maui — Minit Medical will be conducting the drive-through with diagnostic and antibody testing available. Minit Medical will call individuals with all results, which are expected to take one to three days. Participants can pre-register for the drive-through testing on Minit Medical’s website at www.minitmed.com. They can do same-day registration, but pre-registration saves time and avoids paperwork. Anti-body tests are NOT covered by insurance. Those who get anti-body testing will receive a bill from Clinical Labs of Hawaii for about $45. Read the full announcement by Maui County.
 
Thu., Jun. 25, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the South Maui Community Park
Fri., Jun. 26, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Keopuolani Park
 
Mental Health Resources — The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has placed a lot of stress on our society, both individually and as a community. 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:
 
 
COVID-Related Resource Websites — 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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