07/29/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

July 29, 2020
At 4:00 p.m. HST today, I will be hosting a virtual town hall via Facebook.
With 109 new cases of COVID-19 reported today, unfortunately we have hit a record high. If we continue with the status quo, the numbers will only continue to rise putting more of our loved ones at risk. The basic public health precautions must be strictly followed and enforced if we are to defeat this virus.
Later today during my virtual town hall I will be discussing the latest surge of infections and updates regarding negotiations in Congress for another round of federal emergency assistance.
Whether you have a Facebook account or not, you can tune in at https://www.facebook.com/RepTulsiGabbard. I look forward to talking with you then!
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)

SBA Releases the Latest EIDL and PPP Numbers

As of July 24, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 5,005,261 Paycheck Protection Program loans totaling $519,505,881,228 nationwide. For Hawai‘i, 24,779 small businesses were approved for PPP loans totaling $2,475,719,103.
As of July 15, the SBA has approved 2,985,286 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) totaling $163,818,412,028 nationwide. In Hawai‘i 16,382 small businesses were approved for these loans totaling $895,936,600.

REMINDER: SBA’s PPP Lending Deadline is August 8!

The lending deadline for the PPP was originally June 30; I helped pass a bill that was signed into law extending this deadline to August 8.  If you are a small business in need of help and have not yet applied for PPP, then you should go ahead and do so now! For more information about the PPP and other COVID-19 relief programs, visit the SBA’s webpage.

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 109 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 627 active cases in the state.
26 have died
173 required hospitalization
1,215 have been released from isolation
There have been 147,553 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, one case was removed from the counts.
Remember to Complete the 2020 Census — If you have not already completed your 2020 Census, please visit 2020census.gov today!
10 minutes of your time will make a difference for Hawai‘i over the next 10 years.
The U.S. Census helps determine things from how many Congressional seats states get to how much funds we get for federal programs. Make sure you are counted so Hawai‘i gets its fair share.
Unemployment Insurance Resources — 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/)
Economic & Community Recovery Navigator (https://recoverynavigator.hawaii.gov/)
County of Kaua‘i
Kūpa‘a Kaua‘i Website (https://kauaiforward.com/)
City and County of Honolulu
One O‘ahu Website (https://www.oneoahu.org/) *news & recovery info
Small Business Relief & Recovery (https://www.oneoahu.org/small-business)
Individual Hardship Relief Program (https://www.honolulu.gov/dcs)
County of Maui
COVID-19 Updates (https://www.covid19mauinui.com/) * news & recovery info
Small Business Recovery & Relief (https://www.covid19mauinui.com/kokua-maui-county)
County of Hawai‘i
COVID-19 Updates (website) * news & recovery info
Testing Dates/Sites (located on its FAQ webpage)
COVID-19 Relief for Businesses (website)

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