08/17/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

August 17, 2020
I hope everyone had a safe and restful weekend. As a reminder, we have many resources available to you at https://gabbard.house.gov/COVID-19 — from mental health and food assistance to housing and small business support programs.
Stay safe, continue to physically distance, wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth whenever away from your home, and frequently wash your hands. Not only is this to help keep you safe, it will keep your ‘ohana and our community safe as well.
Mahalo and be well!
Tulsi Gabbard
Member of Congress (HI-02)

COVID-19 News & Resources

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since Friday, there were a total of 673 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 3,324 active cases in the state.
40 have died
288 required hospitalization
1,868 have been released from isolation
There have been 209,529 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.
Children’s Hospitals Get An Additional $1.6B in CARES/PPP Enhancement Act Funds — The Department of Health and Human Services allocated an additional $1.4 billion in targeted distribution funding to almost 80 free-standing children’s hospitals nationwide. As the healthcare system continues to grapple with the financial hardships caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), children’s hospitals have been uniquely impacted.  Children’s hospitals have seen decreasing patient visits and increased costs. This distribution will help to ensure children’s hospitals receive relief proportional to other hospitals across the nation and providers caring for children are able to continue operating safely in some of our most vulnerable communities. This funding is made possible through the bipartisan CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which allocated $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other healthcare providers, including those disproportionately impacted by this pandemic. As part of the distribution, Hawai‘i and Washington State received a total of  $46,581,289 for two such hospitals.
HUD Expands Uses for CARES Act Funds — Today, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced new flexibilities states and local government can use in order to best utilize Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funds appropriated by the CARES Act, as well as other federal funds, to support their communities in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. To date, HUD has provided over $3 billion in CDBG-CV funds nationwide to help communities combat coronavirus and alleviate economic hardship. HUD is also providing flexibility to communities who want to utilize their existing, non-CARES Act federal dollars to support their coronavirus recovery efforts. Read the complete announcement for more details.
Kaua ‘i County Targets Agricultural Sustainability in Coronavirus Response — In his latest video update, Mayor Derek Kawakami announced the creation of a County program, through the Office of Economic Development, to support Kaua‘i’s agricultural producers, ranchers, and ocean harvesters. The program would develop a support database that would help businesses grow as well as foster a self-sustaining Kaua‘i that can quickly address gaps in its food chain and meet infrastructure needs. Watch the announcement to learn more.

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