06/26/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
June 26, 2020
 
Aloha,
 
I just wrapped up a week with some important votes and, at 4:00 p.m. HST today, I’ll be hosting a Facebook Live town hall meeting to give you an update. I hope you’ll join me.
 
You can watch by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/RepTulsiGabbard/.
 
I’ll be talking about the bills we voted on this week as well as the latest news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic — including Hawai‘i’s plans to open up travel to those visiting from out-of-state and the spike of infections we are seeing across the country.
 
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)
 

HHS Grants to Native Hawaiian Health Centers Continues

 
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Center Program — is awarding over $3,034,982 to Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi to provide healthcare and wellness services to Native Hawaiians.
 
The funds are part of a continuing grant. Similar grants were awarded two weeks ago to Ho‘ōla Lāhui Hawai‘i on Kaua‘i ($3,067,651), Hui No Ke Ola Pono on Maui ($3,331,410), and Nā Pu‘uwai on Molokaʻi ($2,561,902). 
 

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 currently 145 active cases in the state. To date, there are 866 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 866 cases, 17 have died, 109 required hospitalization and 705 have been released from isolation. There have been 86,464 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
 
As a result of updated information, one case was removed from the counts.
 
DLIR Announces New UI Numbers, PUA Help Desk, and Addresses Fraud — The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) announced updated unemployment insurance claims information, including having issued $1,727,662,401 since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic on March 1, 2020.
 
If you need assistance with the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, please go to https://lbr.force.com/PUASupport/s/contactsupport and submit a help desk ticket. This will enable you to receive assistance more quickly. The DLIR asks that you use the above link and refrain from contacting other offices for PUA assistance as they are not a part of the PUA support team and are unable to guarantee that you will receive assistance.
 
As of June 24, the department has blocked $76,644,808 in possible fraudulent PUA payments and detected a potential of $15,829,889 paid out in benefits. Investigations are ongoing and will confirm the exact total of erroneously paid benefits. Since June 4, 5,989 victims have reported Identity theft after receiving a letter about eligibility for PUA benefits. If you suspect that you have been a victim of identity theft, file a report with the Federal Trade Commission at www.identitytheft.gov.
 
CDBG Funds Help Launch Big Island Rent Assistance Program — Mayor Harry Kim announced today that, through a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds, the County of Hawai‘i’s Office of Housing and Community Development in partnership with Hope Services Hawai‘i, Inc., is launching an Emergency Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program to provide financial assistance to eligible households whose income has been impacted by Covid-19.
 
Maui and YMCA Partner to Provide Subsidized Youth Programs — Yesterday, Mayor Michael Victorino announced a partnership with Maui Family YMCA to provide a subsidized summer youth program for over 1,500 children on Maui and Molokai, starting July 6, 2020. The program is open to children ages 4 – 12 years old and an active YMCA membership is not required. Click here to learn where to register.
 
Honolulu Updates Traffic and Transportation Information — As traffic begins to increase and people head back to work, the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services will be restarting contraflow operations July 1 on Kapiolani Boulevard and Ward Avenue during peak rush hour times. Morning contraflow coning will resume from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Monday to Friday (not including holidays). Afternoon contraflow coning will resume from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (not including holidays).
 
DTS would also like to inform residents that parking along South King, Beretania, Date Streets and Wilder Avenue, will no longer be allowed in “No Parking Tow Away Zones” during peak A.M. and P.M. hours (6:30-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.). Vehicles parked in these Tow Away Zones must be relocated and parking will be properly enforced. See the full announcement.
 
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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