08/27/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

August 27, 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 306 new cases and 4 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 5,171 active cases in the state.
55 have died
462 required hospitalization
2,371 have been released from isolation
There have been 247,017 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.
How to report COVID-19 violations in each county — Here are the contacts to reporting violations in the state:
City and County of Honolulu: call 808-723-3900 or email HPDcovidenforce@honolulu.gov.
Kaua‘i County: file an online report here.
Maui County: call (808) 244-6400 or email mpdquarantine@mpd.net.
Hawai‘i County: call the county’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.
VA’s digital COVID-19 screening for Veterans, employees, aids in low infection rate — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the use of digital screening at VA health care facilities and increased telehealth has enabled the department to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing for Veterans and employees. To date, VA has tested more than 576,000 Veterans and employees for COVID-19, one of many aggressive steps used to prevent transmission of the virus. The Veterans Health Administration’s COVID-19 employee infection rate is less than 1% of its workforce.
CFPB releases guide to assist intermediaries in serving individuals to access their Economic Impact Payments  — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a guide to assist intermediaries in serving individuals to access their Economic Impact Payments (EIPs). The guide, Helping Consumers Claim the Economic Impact Payment: A guide for intermediary organizations, provides step-by-step instructions for frontline staff on how to discuss the EIP with their clients, determine if clients need to take action, and support clients with what to expect and how to troubleshoot common issues. To read the guide click here
FHA extends foreclosure and eviction moratorium for homeowners through year end  — Today, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced the third extension of its foreclosure and eviction moratorium through December 31, 2020, for homeowners with FHA-insured single family mortgages covered under the Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This extension provides an additional four months of housing security to homeowners, as they will not fear losing their homes as they work to recover financially from the adverse impacts of the pandemic. With this third extension, FHA has now provided more than nine months of foreclosure and eviction relief to FHA-insured homeowners.
While House Democrats welcome this news in part, they note that it does nothing to protect renters that are also impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and that they will continue to press the Trump Administration to extend these protections to renters in addition to homeowners. The HEROES Act, passed by the House in May, included such protections but thus far the White House and Congressional Republicans have refused to include this during negotiations for the next round of federal emergency assistance.

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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