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

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

August 19, 2020
Today, I joined Rep. Anna Eshoo, leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health — which has oversight authority of federal funds for testing and tracing efforts — in calling on Governor Ige to account for the over $50 million Hawai‘i has received for its testing contact tracing efforts.
You can read my statement and the full letter by visiting my website.
The Department of Health (DOH) knew the guidelines and impact that contact tracing would have on limiting the spread of the virus, it had months to prepare, and our Congressional delegation delivered the federal dollars needed for it. DOH failed, lied about it, and infections have skyrocketed. Congress needs to know where the money went and this problem needs to be fixed now.
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 261 new cases and 1 additional COVID-19 related death. There are currently 3,609 active cases in the state.
42 have died
303 required hospitalization
1,977 have been released from isolation
There have been 216,120 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.
SBA Releases Latest EIDL Numbers — As of August 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration awarded 3,497,081 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) totaling $184,464,635,819. In Hawai‘i, 17,829 businesses were approved for EIDL totaling $962,350,399.
Fresh Food Distribution on Lana‘i Today — Mayor Michael Victorino announced a produce distribution will take place Wednesday, August 19, to provide produce for families impacted by COVID-19 on Lana‘i. Produce distribution for the general public will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., or until supplies run out, in the County parking lot located between the County gym and school cafeteria. Read the full announcement for more details.
County Partners with Local Nonprofits for Big Island Housing Assistance — Six local nonprofit organizations joined today to announce the launch of the Hawaii County Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program (RMAP).  Program applications will be available starting Monday, August 24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. RMAP nonprofit partners are encouraging Hawaii Island residents who are at least 18 years old and lost income or work hours due to COVID-19 to prepare ahead to apply. RMAP is funded by the County of Hawaii with Federal CARES Act dollars and will provide a rent or mortgage payment of up to $1,000 per month for an estimated 1445 households that income qualify and can prove hardship due to COVID-19 for each month they receive assistance from March 2020 to December 2020.  Funding will be limited to households’ primary residence on Hawaii Island.  Households will be limited to one grant of up to $1,000 per month. For more details on how to apply, read the full announcement on the County of Hawai‘i’s website under the “Individual Grants for Housing Assistance” section.
VA Granting $274M to Fight Veteran Homelessness — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it will award more than 425 grants to community organizations totaling approximately $279 million under the Grant Per Diem (GPD) program. The GPD program provides funding to community organizations that provide transitional housing and supportive services for homeless Veterans, with the goal of helping homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and income and obtain greater self-determination. Read more about this on the VA’s website.

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