06/25/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
June 25, 2020
 
Aloha,
 
With positive COVID cases increasing in Hawai‘i and across the country, it is critical that we maintain our hand-washing hygiene standards, physical distancing, and wear face coverings or masks to help prevent the spread of the virus. Check out the CDC’s guidelines on cloth face coverings — they should cover your nose and mouth. Remember that your cloth face covering protects those around you and their cloth face covering protects you.
 
The CDC continues to learn more about the virus and has updated information on risk factors and symptoms. Read on for more information.
 
And for small businesses and agricultural businesses that continue to weather the storm of this pandemic, the SBA is encouraging you to apply for both the SBA PPP (application deadline date is June 30, 2020) and EIDL (application deadline date December 21, 2020, subject to funds availability). Check out the SBA site for more information and to apply.
 
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)
 

CDC Updates, Expands List of COVID-19 Symptoms and People at Risk of Severe Illness

 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated and expanded the list of who is at increased risk for getting severely ill from COVID-19. Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions remain at increased risk for severe illness. The CDC has further defined age- and condition-related risks. The elderly and people of any age with the following underlying medical conditions are at higher risk:
 
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
 
The CDC also updated its list of COVID-19 symptoms. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
 
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
 
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as it learns more about COVID-19.
 

How COVID-19 is Affecting Tax Refunds and Interest

 
Interest on individual 2019 refunds reflected on returns filed by July 15, 2020 will generally be paid from April 15, 2020 until the date of the refund. Interest payments may be received separately from the refund. By law, the interest rate on both overpayment and underpayment of tax is adjusted quarterly. The interest rate for the second quarter, ending on June 30, 2020, is 5% per year, compounded daily. The interest rate for the third quarter, ending September 30, 2020, is 3% per year, compounded daily. Click here for the statement on the IRS’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 17 new cases, and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are 140 active cases in the state. To date, there are 851 total individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 851 cases, 17 have died, 109 required hospitalization and 696 have been released from isolation. There have been 84,910 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
 
As a result of updated information, one case was removed from the counts.
 
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.
 
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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