07/23/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
July 23, 2020
I’m glad I was able to catch up with many of you yesterday on my Facebook live town hall to talk about the latest regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and this week’s vote on the annual defense bill. If you did not not get a chance to tune in, you can watch the recording online. Visit my website to watch yesterday’s and previous virtual town halls I hosted.
Yesterday, we passed the Great American Outdoors Act, an important bill that will help preserve and protect public lands by funding important restoration and conservation work. Today, we started voting on the first of a series of bills to fund government programs in the coming fiscal year.
As you know, there is a major hurricane headed towards our islands. I wanted to remind you to make sure that your hurricane preparedness kits are ready and to familiarize yourself with any adjustments and additional precautions necessary because of the coronavirus crisis. Read on for more information!
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)
Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall Next Wednesday
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 # 18
Wednesday, July 29 at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time
Visit https://www.facebook.com/RepTulsiGabbard/ to watch!
Take 10 Minutes to Help Hawai‘i for the Next 10 Years: 2020 Census
The window for people to respond to the 2020 Census will be closing soon! After a short delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local U.S. Census officials are hard at work to make sure Hawai‘i’s residents are counted.
The U.S. Census is done once every 10 years and impacts representation in the federal government and the amount of federal resources Hawai‘i gets in the decade that follows. That makes it extremely important for everyone to be counted and the 2020 Census questionnaire only takes 10 minutes to complete.
10 minutes can have an impact on our state for the next 10 years!
You can learn more about the 2020 Census on the Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism website or you can go online to complete the 2020 Census at 2020Census.gov.
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 55 new cases and 1 additional COVID-19 related death. There are currently 343 active cases in the state.
To date, there are 1490 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of these cases:
26 have died
155 required hospitalization
1,125 have been released from isolation
There have been 136,008 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
New Maui Program to Use $3 Million in CARES Act Funds to Help Small Businesses — Mayor Michael Victorino announced today a partnership with federal credit unions to launch a $3 million recovery and relief fund for local small businesses. The new Kokua Maui County Small Business Recovery & Relief Fund utilizes CARES Act funds to help local small businesses recover and survive impacts from COVID-19. The grant program will begin accepting online applications starting August 3, 2020. The County of Maui is partnering with six chartered FCU’s to implement the program: Maui County FCU, Maui FCU, Valley Isle Community FCU, Kahului FCU, Wailuku FCU and Maui Teachers FCU. Read more about the program in the full announcement.
Additional Hurricane Preparedness Information — With Hurricane Douglas approaching the state, it is important to get prepared, including taking additional precautions to account for COVID-19 — such as making sure your preparations include a 2-week supply of hand sanitizer and masks.
Visit the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s website for information about how to put together your emergency kit!
Take time today to familiarize yourself with the emergency preparedness guide available on HIEMA’s website and this emergency preparedness handbook from Hawaiian Electric.
The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation also has some reminders for travelers as Hurricane Douglas approaches.
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)