08/07/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

August 7, 2020
Unfortunately, we have over 200 new COVID cases being reported today. And for the second day in a row, O‘ahu is reporting two COVID-19 deaths.
We are already seeing a strain in our hospital resources, and if this spike continues to grow, the number of COVID-19 cases requiring hospitalization will outnumber the available emergency beds in the state by the end of the month.
Already, many of the Intensive Care Units on O‘ahu are full or close to full and hospitals are surging, transferring patients, and opening new units to handle new patients.
Yesterday, Governor Ige announced the reinstatement of the mandatory, 14-day quarantine for inter-island travel. He also announced that city and state parks and beaches on O’ahu will be closed, and Honolulu police will dial up enforcement of emergency orders as part of a push to rein in a surge in new COVID-19 cases. Read the details of the Governor’s proclamation here.
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)

VA to award more than $400 million in grants to end Veteran homelessness


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it will begin awarding more than $400 million in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) to 266 non-profit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Oct. 1 of this year. 
SSVF funding provides thousands of low-income Veteran families around the nation with access to case management and other assistance to rapidly re-house Veterans who become homeless or prevent Veterans from becoming homeless. Learn more on the VA’s website

LAST CALL: SBA’s PPP Lending Deadline is Tomorrow!

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 tomorrow, Saturday, August 8.
For more information about the PPP and other COVID-19 relief programs, visit the SBA’s webpage.

Did You Complete the 2020 Census? If not, do so today!

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 — including vital educational, housing, Native Hawaiian, and disaster preparedness programs.
Unfortunately, response rates from the neighbor islands have been low and that means Hawai‘i risks losing out on support for programs crucial for these communities.
It only takes a small amount of time to make a big difference. 10 minutes today will have an impact on the next 10 years for our home.
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


Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 201 new cases and 2 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 1,625 active cases in the state.
31 have died
231 required hospitalization
1,467 have been released from isolation
There have been 174,717 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
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’s “Act With Care – Do Not Gather” Order Approved — Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced that Governor David Ige has approved the City and County of Honolulu’s amended order that restricts certain businesses and operations in an effort to further discourage social gatherings on O‘ahu. The “Act With Care – Do Not Gather” Order is effective Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 12 a.m., and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on September 4. This Order is issued in light of a resurgence of the community spread of the COVID-19 virus on O‘ahu due in large part to residents attending large gatherings in uncontrolled environments. Read the details of this order here.
State Has Issued $2.6 Billion in Benefits Since March 1 — The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) announced updated unemployment insurance claims information, including paying $2,620,848,963 and 2,464,674 weeks claimed since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic on March 1, 2020. 
“Ninety-four percent (94%) of the valid unemployment insurance claims that have come in since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic have been processed and paid out by the DLIR. Currently our biggest challenge is the staff and resources required to address the high level of imposter and regular fraud in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.”

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