07/08/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
July 8, 2020
 
Aloha,
 
In just a few hours, at 4:00 p.m. HST,  I will be hosting a telephone town hall and I hope you can join me. If you haven’t already signed up for this event on my website, you can still listen in by going to gabbard.house.gov/live.
 
I’ll be joined by Dr. Scott Miscovich and we’ll discuss the testing and tracing efforts in Hawai‘i. This is increasingly important as we try to rein in the surge of new infections.
 
Darin Leong will also be on the call and we will talk about the recently extended Paycheck Protection Program and other assistance programs available to families and small businesses as this pandemic continues.
 
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)
 

HUD Housing Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, families and homeowners are facing the continued pressure of making ends meet during this crisis. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 resources which includes information for homeowners and renters as well as public housing and other programs. Visit HUD’s COVID-19 webpage for more information.
 

IRS Resources to Help People File in Time for the July 15 Deadline

 
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has several resources available on its website to assist individuals so that they can file their taxes in time for the July 15 deadline. The website includes resources to assist individuals in English and other languages as well as a webpage to assist you in finding qualified tax professionals.
 
The IRS also continues to update its frequently asked questions and answers for people who have questions about their Economic Impact Payment made possible by Congress in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Visit the EIP FAQ page on the IRS.gov 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 23 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 265 active cases in the state.
 
 
19 have died
122 required hospitalization
811 have been released from isolation
 
There have been 105,290 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
 
REMINDER: Honolulu’s COVID-19 Household Hardship Relief Program — The COVID-19 public health emergency has presented many challenges for Oʻahu’s residents. The City Administration in cooperation with the Honolulu City Council established the COVID-19 Hardship Relief Program with $25 Million in CARES Act funds to offer quick financial relief to Oʻahu households impacted by the pandemic. The program is now open and all Oʻahu residents may apply through either one of our partners — Aloha United Way and Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. For more information about the program, visit the City and County of Honolulu’s website.
 
Programs to Help with Housing Uncertainty During the COVID-19 Crisis — As the COVID-19 crisis continues, housing uncertainty is affecting many families. The Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i has a housing issues and coronavirus webpage that has more information with links to additional resources and support they may be able to provide. Also, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands continues to update its resources for homeowners and renters. Check out its COVID-19 resources webpage.
 
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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