07/20/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
July 20, 2020
I am in Washington, D.C. where we are voting on the annual national defense bill and will be voting on the annual funding bills as the week continues.
Over the weekend, it was reported that Senate and House Republicans are talking with President Trump to determine what COVID-19 emergency assistance they will support as the country continues to reel from rising infections and states are seeing their testing, tracing, and hospital resources pushed to the brink.
As the discussion moves forward, I will continue to press my colleagues to support state and local efforts to increase testing capacity and speed as well as provide the necessary support — including PPE and other medical supplies — for hospitals to cope with the surge we are seeing.
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,
Member of Congress (HI-02)
SBA Releases the Latest EIDL and PPP Numbers
As of July 17, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 4,798,187 Paycheck Protection Program loans totaling $518,327,703,308. For Hawai‘i, 24,671 small businesses were approved for PPP loans totaling $2,464,885,408.
As of July 15, the SBA has approved 2,622,203 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) totaling $150,177,958,290. In Hawai‘i 15,343 small businesses were approved for these loans totaling $851,147,900.
Federal Tax Refunds and COVID-19 EIPs Continue
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) notes that it will continue to process e-filed and paper returns and deliver refunds to federal tax filers as well as continue to issue COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments (EIP). You can check on the status of your refund by using the IRS “Where’s my Refund?” webpage.
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 Friday, there were a total of 59 new cases and 1 additional COVID-19 related death. There are currently 314 active cases in the state.
To date, there are 1393 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of these cases:
24 have died
150 required hospitalization
1,057 have been released from isolation
There have been 129,510 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
Maui H.E.L.P. Program Gets $3 Million Boost — Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. continues accepting applications for the Hawaii Emergency Laulima Partnership (H.E.L.P.) program. Through June 30, MEO received 5,690 applications and approved 4,361 for financial assistance through the program, for a total of $1.9 million in assistance. The County of Maui has now allocated $5 million in general funds for the H.E.L.P. program, up from the initial $2 million when the program was launched. The program provided assistance to 11,775 individuals through the end of June. Read the full announcement for more details about the program.
Maui Task Force to Help Direct CARES Act Funds — Mayor Michael Victorino announced that he has formed a task force to assist with creating an economic recovery plan as Maui County continues to respond to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The task force is charged with making recommendations to Mayor Victorino on how to spend the approximately $67 million in CARES Act funds to provide the greatest support to local residents and businesses. The task force also will suggest changes to County laws or policies to further assist businesses in recovering from economic impacts brought by COVID-19.
Delays With PUA and UI, What Can You Do? — 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’s Department of Health, Adult Mental Health Division (including the 24/7 Mental Health Access Line, 1-800-753-6879)
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
COVID-19 Updates (https://www.kauai.gov/covid-19)
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
Testing Dates/Sites (https://www.covid19mauinui.com/testing)
County of Hawai‘i
COVID-19 Updates (website) * news & recovery info
Testing Dates/Sites (located on its FAQ webpage)