08/10/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

August 10, 2020
On Friday evening, President Trump announced a number of Executive Orders to address the COVID-19 crisis. While some of these executive orders may be helpful, some were not and there were others that the President has no authority to implement.
The House passed legislation in May called the HEROES Act to provide an additional round of Federal COVID-19 assistance. Unfortunately, the Senate has failed to take action, and negotiations between the bodies of Congress continue. 
The biggest challenge we face right now in our state is the continued, out of control spread of this virus and any urgent action should keep focused on that.
There are proven solutions to this pandemic: large-scale testing and contact tracing. I will continue to fight for this to be fully implemented in Hawai‘i and for additional funding from Congress. 
I will give an update on the Congressional deal to address the pandemic in my next virtual town hall, which will be held via Facebook this Friday at 4pm.
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 Friday

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 on Friday, August 14th via Facebook Live. You do not need a Facebook account to watch it.
Virtual Town Hall | COVID-19 Update # 20
Friday, August 14 at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time

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. 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. As part of this award, the United States Veterans Initiative in Honolulu, Kaua‘i, Maui and Hilo Counties will receive $2.7 million and Catholic Charities Hawai‘i in Honolulu will receive $520 thousand. 

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News & Resources

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since Friday, there were a total of 523 new cases and 3 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 2,029 active cases in the state.
34 have died
242 required hospitalization
1,586 have been released from isolation
There have been 183,508 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.
SBA Hawaii To Hold Free Business Recovery Webinar — SBA Hawai‘i is hosting a free webinar to help small business owners evaluate and reframe how to continue their business during times of uncertainty, constant change, health, safety, and economic challenges.
In this workshop, small business owners will gain insights to best practices and participate in an interactive discussion. The webinar will be tomorrow, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Learn more and register here

Kaua‘i County Housing Agency Continues to Provide Community Outreach — The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency, in partnership with Women in Need and Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity, visited various county beach parks and provided outreach services to homeless individuals and families currently living in these areas. From Aug. 3-5, the outreach team visited ‘Anini Beach Park, Anahola Beach Park, Lydgate Beach Park, Salt Pond Beach Park, and Lucy Wright Park with the primary goal of connecting people with housing assistance programs, including identifying prospective tenants for Kealaula on Pua Loke – the county’s new permanent supportive housing project in Līhu‘e. Additionally, the team serviced individuals around the county’s Līhu‘e Civic Center. Read more about the county’s outreach here.

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