As another week of staying home passes, we hope you continue to stay physically and mentally well. We have seen encouraging signs that the number of new COVID-19 cases in Hawaiʻi has been slowing, but also have tragically seen more deaths and clusters of cases on Maui. This shows that the efforts we have been taking are working – and we need to continue to be vigilant and practice social distancing, hand washing, refrain from touching our faces, and wearing face masks when in public to keep COVID-19 from spreading.

In addition to trying to stay healthy, many Hawaiʻi residents are struggling to stay afloat financially. On this week’s Public Health Action Webinar, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz and Kathleen Algire, Director of Public Policy and Research for Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network, will cover the C.A.R.E.S. Act relief programs and how it can offer relief to millions of impacted Americans, as well as small businesses and nonprofits. Spots are limited, so register today! We received great feedback on last week’s Public Health Action Webinar with Mental Health America. For tips and strategies on coping with stress and anxiety, we encourage you to check it out.

TAKE ACTION
What else would you like to know about COVID-19? Help us choose topics for our Wednesday Public Health Action Webinars by completing this survey – it takes less than 5 minutes!

FEDERAL UPDATES
Wondering if you will be receiving a coronavirus stimulus check? We’ll have more information on the Wednesday webinar, but you can also visit the IRS website for information on if you qualify.  Most eligible U.S. taxpayers will automatically receive their stimulus check. On Friday, April 17, the IRS will also be launching a Get My Payment tool to provide people with the status of their payment or to update their bank information for direct deposit.

In addition, be wary of scams  – the IRS isn’t going to call you asking to verify or provide your financial information so you can get an economic impact payment or your refund faster. Go to IRS.gov for the most up-to-date information.

STATE UPDATES

As of April 13, Hawai‘i has conducted 19,213 COVID-19 tests, with 504 testing positive. Of the positive cases, there have been 9 deaths, 44 patients in the hospital, and 310 people have recovered. Remember, it can take up to two weeks for people to show symptoms of COVID-19, so the progress we see now is the result of staying at home for the last two weeks. Keep up the great work!

If you’re interested in seeing more visualizations of Hawai‘i COVID-19 data, visit the Hawai‘i Data Collaborative’s website.

REGISTER FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION WEBINAR, 4/15
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HELPING KEIKI UNDERSTAND COVID-19
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PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK

Before your next trip out, ask yourself “is this trip really essential?” Even though groceries and medications are necessities, we should not be making multiple trips a week for these items. Planning ahead and making a list of what you need will help to make sure you don’t forget anything when you do go out for essentials, decrease the amount of time spent shopping, and minimize the number of stops made. If you’re able to, offer to pick up groceries for vulnerable friends, family and neighbors to help limit their exposure. And of course when you are out in public, be sure to wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands!

MORE QUESTIONS ON COVID-19?
Visit Aloha United Way’s free and a confidential statewide helpline:
Call 2-1-1, Text at 877-275-6569 or online at auw211.org.

DO YOU HAVE RESOURCES OR INFORMATION ON COVID-19 TO SHARE?
We are working to create a comprehensive directory of useful resources for the community. We recognize that information is constantly evolving and changing, so if you have any resources or updates we should include in our next weekly email or website, feel free to contact us at covidresponse@hiphi.org.