07/24/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
July 24, 2020
As we wrap up the week, I just voted to pass a bill which will support a wide range of federal department and agency programs vital to Hawai‘i. These include projects like the East-West Center, the Native American Veteran Housing Loan Program and other programs for our military families and veterans, the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, the Regional Biosecurity Program, and several USDA specialty crops, crop health, pest control programs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
As Hurricane Douglas bears down on our state, we are reminded about the crucial role agencies, like NOAA, play in helping us prepare for and recover from natural disasters.
Today, Rep. Case and I filmed a PSA urging residents to get prepared for hurricane season. It’s important to remember that we must be prepared for Hurricane Douglas in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic which factors into our preparations -- make sure you include face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant and more. 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)
Hurricane Douglas Is On Its Way, Prepare Today!
With Hurricane Douglas approaching the state, it is important to get Storm Ready, 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.
A good general resource to start with is FEMA’s hurricane preparedness webpage.
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.
The Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs also advises homeowners to review insurance policies for hurricane and flood coverage.
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 60 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 378 active cases in the state.
To date, there are 1549 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of these cases:
26 have died
156 required hospitalization
1,148 have been released from isolation
There have been 138,354 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, one case from Maui was removed from the counts.
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)