08/11/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

August 11, 2020
A healthy economy and a healthy community are not mutually exclusive. In fact, without a healthy community we will not have a lasting, healthy economy. Our top priority must be to defeat this virus. 
As we continue to see high daily case numbers in Hawai‘i, we must enact common sense proven solutions: testing and contact tracing, washing your hands, wearing your mask, and keeping your distance from others.
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 Prepares To Welcome Volunteers Back To Health Care Facilities

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today plans to gradually and safely reintroduce volunteers to its health care facilities. While volunteers are important to the operation of VA services and programs, most volunteer activities have been paused to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Some volunteer roles will be new, while others will stay the same, be modified, go virtual or remain paused as a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Individual VA facilities will tailor the reintegration of volunteers based on the facilities’ operational needs and the volunteers’ abilities. Learn more at VA.gov.

HUD Awards $3 million In CARES Act Funding To Hawai‘i Public Housing Authorities To Help Keep Residents Housed

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced $472 million in CARES Act funding to help low income families during the coronavirus pandemic. This funding can be used by Public Housing Authorities to help families assisted by Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) and Mainstream vouchers prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus. The funding, made available by the CARES Act legislation passed by Congress, will be awarded to Public Housing Authorities across the Nation. Over $3 Million of this funding is coming to Hawai‘i. Get the details here

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News & Resources

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 118 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 2,106 active cases in the state.
34 have died
251 required hospitalization
1,627 have been released from isolation
There have been 185,838 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.
USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Deadline Extended — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that additional commodities are covered by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) in response to public comments and data. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline to apply for the program to September 11th, and producers with approved applications will receive their final payment. After reviewing over 1,700 responses, even more farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity for assistance to help keep operations afloat during these tough times. Learn more and apply here.
Hawai‘i Energy Relief Grant for Businesses and Nonprofits — Hawai‘i Energy has a grant program designed specifically for Hawai‘i businesses experiencing losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, grants may cover up to 100% of total project costs (up to $25,000 per application) of an energy efficiency project. The grant award will be disbursed after project completion after all required documentation has been submitted, verified and approved by Hawai‘i Energy. Applications are due September 30, 2020 At 5:00 P.M. HST. Get more information about the program and apply here

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