08/26/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update
August 26, 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)
COVID-19 News & Resources
Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 277 new cases and 2 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 4,948 active cases in the state.
To date, there are 7,260 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of these cases:
51 have died
444 required hospitalization
2,288 have been released from isolation
There have been 243,154 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.
U.S. Surgeon General announces free COVID testing in Hawai‘i — The U.S. Surgeon General announced Tuesday that the federal government will be supporting the State of Hawai‘i with 60,000 COVID-19 tests. The federal government is funding this mass testing in cooperation with various state and county partners and supporters. There will be 5,000 tests offered per day for 12 consecutive days throughout the state at various testing locations. The tests will be offered at no cost to those five years and older. For a list of testing locations and to register for a test, visit doineedacovid19test.com.
Hawaiian Electric Extends Moratorium on Disconnections — Hawaiian Electric service disconnections for nonpayment have been suspended through Dec. 31, 2020. The company urges customers challenged by the financial impact of COVID-19 to seek utility bill assistance from government and nonprofits, and to set up a payment arrangement plan. The Public Utilities Commission yesterday ordered utilities to extend through Dec. 31 the moratorium on service disconnections for nonpayment. The company voluntarily suspended its collection efforts in March to ensure customers' electric service would not be disrupted while many were staying home. The PUC subsequently ordered all utilities to suspend disconnections.
Hawai‘i to apply for new Federal unemployment bonus program — Gov. David Ige and Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) Acting Director Anne Eustaquio announced today that Hawaiʻi will apply to participate in a new unemployment insurance plus up program called the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program. The program, under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was created in response to the July expiration of the unemployment $600 weekly benefit. Upon approval, Hawaiʻi will offer an additional unemployment compensation benefit of $300 per week to eligible unemployment recipients.
Oʻahu Satellite city halls and driver licensing centers close to in-person services — The Department of Customer Services announced today that it will be suspending for two weeks all face-to-face visits to its offices on Oʻahu, beginning Thursday, Aug. 27. The suspension includes in-person transactions at driver licensing centers and satellite city halls. The temporary closure complies with Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s emergency stay-at-home, work-at-home orders. Only appointments during the two-week closure period will be canceled. Efforts will be made to reschedule those affected as a priority. Appointments will be honored after the orders are lifted as scheduled. Department staff will continue to process online and mail-in applications, payments as well as perform other administrative functions. A list of services can be viewed at honolulu.gov/csd.
Waimea Vehicle Registration & Licensing Office in Has Reopened — The County of Hawai‘i Department of Finance has announced that the Vehicle Registration and Licensing office in Waimea has reopened, and will now be accepting both scheduled appointments and walk-in customers. Operations have been modified to ensure the safety of both customers and employees. Due to higher demand for services, the Vehicle Registration & Licensing offices will be limiting transactions. Read the announcement to learn more and to schedule an appointment online.
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.