09/08/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

September 8, 2020
I hope that everyone had a happy and safe Labor Day weekend. Mahalo to all of those who continue to work hard through this pandemic, especially to our contact tracers, doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals who are on the front lines fighting the spread of COVID-19 and providing essential services to us through the pandemic. 
We can all do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Practice physical distancing, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, and wash your hands frequently. I encourage anyone who has not been tested yet to do so.
You can register for the test by going to this link and filling out your information. Together, we can defeat this!
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 Friday, there were a total of 552 new cases and 7 additional COVID-19 related deaths. There are currently 6,936 active cases in the state.
88 have died
599 required hospitalization
3,063 have been released from isolation
There have been 316,505 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.
USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced they will extend several flexibilities through as late as December 31, 2020 to allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the Congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.
HHS Awards $79 Million, $100,000 to Hawai‘i, to Support Health Center Response to Emergencies — Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded over $79 million in construction and other capital support for 165 HRSA-funded health centers impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkut, and Super Typhoon Yutu, and wildfires and earthquakes occurring in calendar year 2018, and tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019. HRSA’s Capital Assistance for Disaster Response and Recovery Efforts (CADRE) funding will help ensure access to health care services for communities impacted by disasters and increase health center capacity to respond to and recover from future emergencies. Hamakua Health Center Inc. in Honokaa, HI will be receiving $100,000 as part of this funding. 
New study shows Veterans give VA health care facilities and VA community provider network high marks — A recently published study shows Veterans receiving outpatient care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities or community providers within VA’s network are pleased with their experience overall. The study, Veterans’ Experiences with Outpatient Care: Comparing the Veterans Affairs System with Community-Based Care, compared survey responses from more than 1 million Veterans who received outpatient care from VA facilities or private providers within VA’s Choice Act network and found most rated their experiences highly. Read more on the VA’s website
Make Sure Hawai‘i Gets Counted, Complete the 2020 Census Today — If you have yet to complete the 2020 Census, there is still time to do so and now more than ever we can appreciate how important it is to be counted!
By completing a 10 minute online questionnaire, you will help shape the future of our state for the next 10 years!
Census information helps determine how much representation we get in the U.S. House of Representatives. It helps determine how much federal resources we get — including important programs like school lunches, assistance to our first responders, funds for our federal highways, Medicaid, and so much more.

So, if you haven’t completed your 2020 Census, you can go online today to 2020census.gov and be counted for Hawai‘i!

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