08/13/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

August 13, 2020
Aloha from the office of U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard!
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving on Army Reserve duty today. While she is away, we will send you these Coronavirus-related updates on her behalf. We are continuing to work on behalf of residents across Hawaiʻi through individual constituent casework and coordination with authorities, as well as working in Washington, D.C. to bring resources and support to the people of Hawai‘i.
So if you are in need of assistance, please call us at (808) 541-1986 or email TulsiOffice@mail.house.gov.
—Office of U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)

Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall Tomorrow

Want to hear the latest news on what is happening nationally and locally related to Coronavirus? The next virtual town hall will be tomorrow, 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

SBA Releases the Latest EIDL and PPP Numbers

As of August 8, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 5,212,128 Paycheck Protection Program loans totaling $525,012,201,124 nationwide. For Hawai‘i, 25,097 small businesses were approved for PPP loans totaling $2,478,864,703.
As of August 8, the SBA has approved 3,353,064 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) totaling $178,071,047,155 nationwide. In Hawai‘i 17,391 small businesses were approved for these loans totaling $940,401,299.

HHS Invests in Diagnostic Labs to Expand COVID-19 Testing Capacity in the United States

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced combined investments of $6.5 million in two commercial diagnostic laboratories to expand capacity to conduct up to 4 million additional SARS-CoV-2 tests per month. The investments will provide critical laboratory equipment and increase staffing and infrastructure to allow the U.S. to perform an additional 1 million tests each week by early October.

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News & Resources

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 355 new cases and 2 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 2,573 active cases in the state.
40 have died
267 required hospitalization
1,716 have been released from isolation
There have been 194,351 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.
Kaua‘i Salvation Army ARC monthly donation event set for Aug. 28 — The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) will be accepting donations for its monthly donation event on Friday, Aug. 28, at the Kaua‘i Resource Center (KRC) located at 3460 Ahukini Road in Līhu‘e, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents, businesses, and other organizations can bring in unwanted or unneeded items including clothing, small furniture, children’s toys, books, and shoes. Customers are requested to maintain social distancing, wear a mask, and follow all directions from ARC and county staff while on site. Learn more here
This message was sent by the Office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard in compliance with guidance provided by the Committee on House Administration and the Army Reserve. The use of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Army Reserve or the Department of Defense.

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