07/21/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
July 21, 2020
Tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. HST, I will be hosting my next virtual town hall on Facebook. You can watch it on my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RepTulsiGabbard/. (You do not need a Facebook account to watch.)
I look forward to catching up with you on the latest news about COVID-19 emergency relief efforts.
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)
A Look at the Science Behind COVID-19 Precautions
Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, maintain physical distancing and frequently wash your hands. These are reminders that I and public health officials have been repeating over the last months. They aren’t just empty slogans or soundbites. Medical scientists both in the U.S. and abroad have been urging the public to do this because it helps prevent the spread of coronavirus, protecting yourself, your loved ones, and those around you. A research article published today in PLOS Medicine looks at the latest research and methodologies used to determine the effectiveness of these preventative measures.
Remember, we are all in this together. Our actions impact the health and well-being of those around us and our community as a whole.
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 25 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 312 active cases in the state.
To date, there are 1418 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of these cases:
24 have died
151 required hospitalization
1,084 have been released from isolation
There have been 131,371 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
Maui Drive-Through Testing Reminder — The County of Maui, Department of Parks and Recreation announced that Keōpūolani Regional Park will be closed Wednesday morning, July 22, and open at 3:00 p.m., following the drive-through COVID-19 testing event. Minit Medical will be conducting the drive-through from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with diagnostic and antibody testing available. Minit Medical will call individuals with all results, which are expected to take one to three days. Read the full announcement for more information.
Honolulu Establishments Flout COVID-19 Precautions, Get Shut Down — The City and County of Honolulu shut down two liquor establishments for 24 hours over the last 3 days. The first occurred on July 18 and the second occurred yesterday. In both cases, authorities observed these establishments not adhering to COVID-19 precautions including the use of masks and maintaining physical distancing.
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)