07/01/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

July 1, 2020
I have just wrapped up two weeks of votes in Washington, D.C., where earlier today we passed legislation that would provide critical funding for transportation in Hawai‘i and across the country. Right now, I am working in the House Armed Services Committee where we are debating the annual national defense bill.
With COVID-19 infections surging across the country, it is clear the negative impacts of this pandemic continue. Congress needs to continue to provide support to our country during this time of need.
Today, the House passed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program and the bill now heads to the President for his signature to make sure existing funding gets to our small businesses who desperately need help.
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)

REMINDER: Deadline to File Taxes is July 15

The Department of the Treasury and IRS announced the tax filing and payment deadline of July 15 will not be postponed. Individual taxpayers unable to meet the July 15 due date can request an automatic extension of time to file until Oct. 15. Due to COVID-19, the original filing deadline and tax payment due date for 2019 was postponed from April 15 to July 15. The IRS reminds taxpayers filing Form 1040 series returns that they must file Form 4868 by July 15 to obtain the automatic extension to Oct. 15. The extension provides additional time to file the tax return — it is not an extension to pay any taxes due. Read more on the IRS website.

HHS Extends COVID-19 Testing Public-Private Partnership

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will extend its partnership with national pharmacy and grocery retail chains CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Quest (through services at Walmart) and eTrueNorth (through services at Kroger, Health Mart, and Walmart) so they may continue to seamlessly provide Americans convenient access to COVID-19 testing. The partnership, which is part of the Community-Based Testing Program, has scaled up to more than 600 COVID-19 testing sites in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Read more about this development on the HHS 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 9 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 168 active cases in the state. To date, there are 926 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 926 cases, 18 have died, 116 required hospitalization and 741 have been released from isolation. There have been 94,160 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
Learn More About the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) — Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides eligible families with a one-time payment for each child who previously received free or reduced-price meals. P-EBT works the same way Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits do and will help families get the food they need during the current pandemic. P-EBT will be administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS) in collaboration with the Department of Education (DOE). Visit the program’s webpage to learn more and get answers to frequently asked questions.
Maui Announces Modified Hours for COVID-19 Call Center — Mayor Michael Victorino has announced modified hours for the COVID-19 Call Center in the Office of the Mayor. The call center will operate during normal business hours from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The phone number is (808) 270-7855. The call center will be closed on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July Holiday.
DOH Announces Additional Vaccine Requirements for New School Year — Beginning July 1, 2020, additional immunizations will be required for students entering childcare or preschool, kindergarten, 7th grade, and post-secondary schools, and all students entering school in Hawai‘i for the first time, regardless of age. The updated immunization requirements conform with current national recommendations and reflect what occurs in healthcare provider offices and clinics in Hawaii as standard medical practice. Read more on the Disease Outbreak Control Division’s website.
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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