07/22/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

 
July 22, 2020
 
Aloha,
 
It’s been a dark and stormy day here in Washington. I’m looking forward to catching up with you in a short while for my 4 p.m. HST virtual town hall on Facebook.
 
I look forward to updating you on important news from Congress as well as discussing with you the latest coronavirus developments.
 
You can watch and participate by visiting my Facebook Page here:
(You don’t need an account to watch!)
 
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)
 

Updated CDC Guidance: Isolate For At Least 10 Days

 
As with any new, evolving virus and disease, medical care professionals are constantly learning more about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 as public health officials see more cases. The latest guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note that individuals infected with COVID-19 should continue to isolate and adhere to precautions for at least 10 days following the end of all symptoms without the need for symptom-reducing medication. In a limited number of cases, individuals have been shown to be contagious beyond that 10 day time frame so erring on the side of caution can only help prevent the spread of the virus. For more information on the updated guidelines, you can visit the CDC’s 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 17 new cases and 1 additional COVID-19 related death. There are currently 300 active cases in the state.
 
 
25 have died
154 required hospitalization
1,113 have been released from isolation
 
There have been 132,361 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
 
Hawaiian Electric Offers Payment Plans to Help Customers — To assist residents and businesses dealing with the financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic, Hawaiian Electric is offering special payment plan options to customers, including extending payments over time. Hawaiian Electric suspended disconnections and collections activities since March. In accordance with PUC direction, Hawaiian Electric extended its moratorium on disconnections for nonpayment through Sept. 1, and late fees resume after Sept. 15. By contacting Hawaiian Electric now and signing up for a payment plan, customers can avoid the inconvenience of an electric service interruption. Read the full announcement for more information.
 
Rapid Response Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, landlords and tenants may have questions or issues with which they need assistance or mediation. The County of Hawai‘i, along with the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, Hawaiʻi Island REALTORS, and West Hawaiʻi REALTORS, funded the Rapid Response Landlord Tenant Mediation Program to assist in these situations. The program is free for commercial and residential landlords and tenants in Hawaiʻi County.
 
Hurricane Preparedness Important, Especially During Pandemic — A lot of attention has, rightfully, been focused on preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus and dealing with the COVID-19 public health crisis. However, it is hurricane season and with Tropical Storm Douglas bearing down on the state, it is important to remember to be prepared, including by adjusting your emergency responses to account for COVID-19 precautions — such as making sure your preparations include a 2-week supply of hand sanitizer and masks. Take time today to familiarize yourself with the emergency preparedness guide available on HIEMA’s website and this emergency preparedness handbook from Hawaiian Electric. To track storms, you can also visit the NOAA website.
 
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 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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