Coronavirus in Hawai‘i: 29 New Cases, More Federal Dollars Coming to the Islands and a New Travel Order
Your daily update of everything you need to know surrounding COVID-19 on March 30.
The state total is now 204, up 29 (28 adults and one child) since Sunday. That includes 15 new cases on O‘ahu, five on Maui, two on the Big Island and seven pending cases. No new cases were reported on Kaua‘i.
More than 8,500 tests have been administered statewide, most of which were done through private labs.
Gov. David Ige is mandating a 14-day self-quarantine for all interisland travel beginning Wednesday, April 1 through April 30. Workers deemed essential will be allowed to travel for essential business purposes only.
Ige also suspended some state laws to aid in COVID-19 responses. That includes allowing out-of-state doctors and nurses to practice in Hawai‘i as long as they are licensed in another state and temporarily waiving some administrative licensing rules to increase childcare services.
At least $4 billion in federal relief funding is expected to help Hawai‘i residents, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz announced today. Here is the breakdown:
Individuals earning up to $75,000 will receive a one-time payment of $1,200, couples making up to $150,000 will get $2,400 and $500 per child. If you filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return or receive Social Security benefits, you’ll receive the payment automatically (but it could take a month or longer). For more information, go here.
$1.25 billion for state and county response efforts
$1.14 billion for unemployment assistance
$1.24 billion in direct cash payments
$53 million for local schools and colleges
A moratorium on evictions and unpaid rental fees for tenants living in federal housing is effective through July 26. To see if you are covered, contact the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i or a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development counselor. Also, homeowners with mortgages backed by the federal government can apply to temporarily postpone payments for up to one year without fees, penalties or additional interest. Click here for the details.
Small businesses are also eligible for some federal relief, including loans (with no fees) of up to $10 million to cover payroll and other operating expenses. Go here for more info.
Eight more school meal sites will open this week to serve grab-and-go meals to students, bringing the total number to 46 statewide. For a list of all meal sites, including ones operated by the YMCA Honolulu and other nonprofits, go here.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games has been rescheduled to begin July 23, 2021 and end Aug. 8, 2021. The Paralympic Games have also been moved to Aug. 24, 2021.