08/04/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

August 4, 2020
At 4:00 p.m. HST today, I will be hosting my next telephone town hall meeting, and I hope you’ll be able to join us. I’ll be joined by Lt. Gov. Josh Green as well as the President and CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i, Hilton Raethel.
We will be discussing the continued surge of COVID-19 infections, how this is impacting our hospitals and communities, and what we can do to prevent the spread of the virus. We’ll also be taking your questions!
If you have not already signed up for my telephone town hall events, you can listen in live on my website at gabbard.house.gov/live.
You can also visit my website to sign up for future telephone town hall events.
I look forward to talking to you soon!
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)

LAST CALL: SBA’s PPP Lending Deadline is 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! The lending deadline expires this Saturday, August 8.
For more information about the PPP and other COVID-19 relief programs, visit the SBA’s webpage.

How to Protect Yourself & Others from COVID-19

With the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i, it is a great time to check in with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get the latest information on how to best prevent the spread of the virus. It all starts with you!
We continue to learn more about this new virus, how the infection impacts people, how it spreads, and what are the risk factors. Read more about how we each have a role to play in protecting ourselves and others in our community.

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News & Resources

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 144 new cases and 1 additional COVID-19 related death. There are currently 1,214 active cases in the state.
27 have died
208 required hospitalization
1,354 have been released from isolation
There have been 165,176 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
As a result of updated information, one case was removed from the counts.
Looking for federal and state COVID-19 resources — including directions on dealing with UI and PUA, local food banks, testing sites, and economic recovery programs for small businesses? Visit gabbard.house.gov/COVID-19.
O‘ahu Issues New Safety Measures — Gov. Ige has approved the City and County of Honolulu’s amended order that limits indoor and outdoor social gatherings to no more than ten people, regardless of household/living unit affiliation. This is effective immediately. It also specifically restricts funerals and other death related events to ten people (consistent with the limit on gatherings). Both indoors and outdoors, groups of ten must keep a physical distance of at least six feet between members of different households, face coverings must be worn in accordance with the Order, and mingling between separate social gatherings is prohibited. Read the full announcement for more details.
Restrictions outlined in Mayor Caldwell’s Emergency Order 2020-22 have resulted in the reinstatement of some Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) facility restrictions due to a surge in O‘ahu COVID-19 cases. Most notably, Order 2020-22 does not allow for indoor or outdoor social gatherings to exceed 10 people, with face coverings and physical distancing requirements. Read more to learn about the new city park procedures.
Maui Launches Virtual Job Board — Maui County launched a new website to assist residents seeking employment opportunities, job training or new career paths. The website, www.MauiCountyVirtualJobFair.com, also gives employers an online resource to find workers. Development of the website was the result of a collaboration between the County Office of Economic Development, the Maui County Workforce Development Board and the University of Hawaii Maui College.
Kaua‘i Reaching Out to Help with Housing — The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency, along with Women in Need and Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity, will be visiting county beach parks this week to connect people with housing assistance programs. That will include identifying prospective tenants for Kealaula on Pua Loke — the county’s new permanent supportive housing project in Līhuʻe.  The team continues its outreach tomorrow at Salt Pond Beach Park (9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.) and Lucy Wright Park (1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.) Learn more in Mayor Kawakami’s latest COVID-19 update.

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