08/18/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

August 18, 2020
Here are today’s updates! 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)

COVID-19 News & Resources

Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 134 new cases and 1 additional COVID-19 related death. There are currently 3,405 active cases in the state.
41 have died
300 required hospitalization
1,921 have been released from isolation
There have been 212,298 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.
Drive-Through Testing in Maui Tomorrow — Drive-through COVID-19 testing will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Keopuolani Regional Park. Keopuolani Regional Park will be closed Wednesday morning and open at 3:00 p.m., following the drive-through COVID-19 testing event. Minit Medical will be administering the drive-through, with PCR diagnostic testing available. Minit Medical will call individuals with all results, which are expected to take one to three days. Both asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals can get tested. Read the full announcement to learn what you need to do to pre-register and get tested.
Economic Impact Payment Questions? IRS Continues to Provide Answers — The Internal Revenue Service is continuing to update its frequently asked questions and answers regarding the Economic Impact Payment being issued in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This FAQ has helpful information for individuals who have more recently filed their 2019 returns or have questions about what to do as a non-filer.

Traffic Alert: Army Convoys on H1 East and H2 South — The 25th Infantry Division will conduct convoy operations along the H1 East and H2 South freeways from August 17 to 26. The convoys will move each day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. as the division moves vehicles and equipment from Schofield Barracks to Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH). The vehicles and equipment comprising the convoys are deploying in support of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division's upcoming deployment certification exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. All convoys will be clearly marked and visible. Nevertheless, residents are asked to please use care if attempting to pass between slow-moving military vehicles for the purposes of exiting the freeway or changing lanes. Within a single convoy, residents can expect to see approximately 25 vehicles moving together.

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