07/15/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

July 15, 2020
I just wrapped up my latest virtual town hall event on Facebook where we talked about what is being done in Congress and here in Hawai‘i to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. I also answered questions from those tuning in.
You don’t need a Facebook account and can watch it online at https://www.facebook.com/RepTulsiGabbard/.
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)

REMEMBER: Today is the Filing Deadline for Federal Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) created a webpage to help address frequently asked questions about today’s 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.
The IRS reminds taxpayers that they should:
File their tax return or request an extension of time to file by the July 15 deadline.
  • People who owe tax and do not file their return on time or request an extension may face a failure-to-file penalty for not filing on time.
  • Taxpayers should remember that an extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay. 
  • An extension gives taxpayers until October 15, 2020 to file their 2019 tax return, but taxes owed are still due July 15, 2020.
Pay as much as possible by the July 15 due date.
  • Whether filing a return or requesting an extension, taxpayers must pay their tax bill in full by the July filing deadline to avoid penalties and interest.
  • People who do not pay their taxes on time will face a failure-to-pay penalty.
  • IRS.gov has information for taxpayers who can't afford to pay taxes they owe.
Set up a payment plan as soon as possible.
Some disaster victims, military service members and eligible support personnel in combat zones have more time beyond the July 15 deadline to file and pay their taxes.

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 29 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 320 active cases in the state.
22 have died
137 required hospitalization
951 have been released from isolation
There have been 118,842 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, one case was removed from the counts.
U.S. Census to Start Door-to-Door Follow Ups in Honolulu — The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will begin following up with households in select areas that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Starting July 30, census takers will begin interviewing households in several census tracts across the country, including Honolulu.
If you have not already completed your 2020 Census, please visit 2020census.gov today!
10 minutes of your time will make a difference for Hawai‘i over the next 10 years!
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)

Office Locations