07/14/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
July 14, 2020
 
Aloha,
 
The spike in COVID-19 infections has put such a strain on our healthcare system that not only are tests are becoming more difficult to get, it’s also taking longer to get results from the tests that are performed. This critically undermines our ability to do contact tracing of COVID-19 to prevent its spread to others. Hospitals are filling up fast and some states have had to send patients hundreds of miles away to other hospitals to cope with the need.
 
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)
 

Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall Tomorrow

 
Want to hear the latest news on what is happening nationally and locally related to Coronavirus? I will be hosting my next virtual town hall tomorrow via Facebook Live. You do not need a Facebook account to watch it.
 
Virtual Town Hall | COVID-19 Update # 16
Wednesday, July 15 at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time
 

REMEMBER: July 15 is the Filing Deadline for Federal Taxes

 
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) created a webpage to help address frequently asked questions about the upcoming July 15 deadline to file federal taxes. You can visit their webpage here. The IRS also has several online tools to assist filers with the process. And you can check on the status of your refund, once you file, using the “Where’s My Refund” tool.
 

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 22 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 322 active cases in the state.
 
 
22 have died
133 required hospitalization
921 have been released from isolation
 
There have been 116,275 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
 
As a result of updated information, one case was removed from the counts.
 
Elections by Mail Information — The Hawai‘i Office of Elections has put together a website to help guide residents through the vote-by-mail process. On the website, you can register to vote, get answers to frequently asked questions, and learn about the registration process and ballot timeline. Visit the Office of Election “Hawai‘i Votes By Mail” website today!
 
HIDOE Applications for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals in the Mail — The application forms for free and reduced-price school meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program are being mailed home with a letter to parents or guardians for School Year (SY) 2020-21. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households should fill out the application and return it to their child's school. The information provided on the application will be used only for purposes of determining eligibility, may be verified at any time during the school year by the school or other program officials, and will be kept confidential. Read more about the program and eligibility guidelines on the Hawai‘i Department of Education website.
 
Delays With PUA and UI, What Can You Do? — The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our state as infections surge here and across the country. The continued economic uncertainty has prolonged the strain on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) systems. The volume of claims and reports of fraud have put additional pressure on the PUA and UI systems to respond to claims.
 
In the meantime, continue to engage the PUA and UI systems directly.
 
For more information about UI, visit the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) website to start the process and follow up on your claim. This website includes a link to contact information related to the status of your claim.
 
Visit https://pua.hawaii.gov/ to start your claim. The DLIR notes that fraud continues to be a big problem and provides a webpage dedicated to frequently asked PUA questions.
 
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 UI 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.
 
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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