07/27/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

July 27, 2020
Thankfully, Hurricane Douglas was not nearly as strong as forecasts had projected. It was a close call, but welcome news and I hope everyone is safe as we move forward.
Earlier today Senate Republicans unveiled a bill that outlines their proposal of COVID-19 federal emergency assistance. This will serve as the basis for ongoing negotiations between Congressional Democrats and Republicans as the clock quickly moves toward expiring unemployment benefits on July 31st. I’ll keep you posted with further developments.
Join me for my next virtual town hall on Facebook this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. HST. 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,
Tulsi Gabbard
Member of Congress (HI-02)

Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall 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 this Wednesday 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

CDC Releases School Decision-Making Tool

With the beginning of the traditional school year fast approaching, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) understands that many parents, caregivers, and guardians face new and difficult choices about how their child will return to school in the fall, such as deciding between in-person and virtual learning. It has designed a tool to help parents, caregivers, and guardians weigh the risks and benefits of available educational options to help them make decisions about sending their child back to school. Read the guide on 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 Friday, there were a total of 165 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 497 active cases in the state.
26 have died
165 required hospitalization
1,191 have been released from isolation
There have been 143,791 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, one case was removed from the counts.
Maui Drive-Through Testing This Wednesday — Drive-through COVID-19 testing will be held on Wednesday, July 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Keōpūolani Regional Park. The park will be closed to other users Wednesday morning and reopen at 3:00 p.m., following the drive-through COVID-19 testing event. Minit Medical will be administering the drive-through, with diagnostic and antibody testing available. Participants can pre-register for the drive-through testing on Minit Medical’s website at minitmed.com. Read the full announcement for more details.
UI Update from DLIR — As of July 23, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) has paid $2,349,952,775 and 2,117,125 weeks claimed since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic on March 1, 2020. DLIR reminds everyone that the UI and PUA systems continue to be the target of fraudsters which impedes the processing of legitimate claims. Read the full announcement.
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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