Sat. 4/11: COVID-19 Daily Update


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Hawaii’s New Unemployment Application Excludes Micronesian Migrant Workers (Civil Beat, April 11, 2020)

The article claims that the new DLIR website for unemployment registration doesn’t yet have the same option for COFA residents to apply for benefits as the old DLIR form. Bill Kunstman, a spokesman for the state unemployment office, told Civil Beat that applicants from COFA nations should apply through the state’s original unemployment online portal rather than the new web form.  The article also details some advice from advocacy organizations for applicant using the newer web form who are in this scenario.

First wave of stimulus payments deposited on Saturday, IRS says (KHON, Apri 11, 2020

The $1,200 one-time stimulus checks have begun going out to to Americans according to the IRS.

Hilton Hawaiian Village to temporarily close amid coronavirus pandemic (Hawaii News Now, April 11, 2020)

The property will shut down on Monday for an indefinite period of time. Guests who are currently at the hotel are in the process of being notified of the closure. It was not immediately clear whether the employees had been laid off or would be compensated during the closure.

A 2 mile-long line stretched around Ala Moana. A sign families need help (Hawaii News Now, April 11, 2020

Hundreds of cars formed a line as long as two miles from Ward Avenue to Ala Moana Center Saturday morning for the Salvation Army’s drive-thru emergency food distribution.

Childcare Options For Essential Hawaiʻi Workers (Big Island Now, April 11, 2020

PATCH, the state’s designated Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, worked with licensed and registered providers to determine who is still operating and providing care for keiki of essential workers. The list can be accessed by clicking here.

COVID Cases Today

World: Cases: Cases: 1.7M (+109k).  Deaths: 108.8k (+6.1k).  Recovered: 404K (+28k)

USA: Cases: 529k(+28k).  Deaths: 20.6k (+1.9k).  Recovered: 32K

Hawaii: Cases:  486(+21).  Deaths:  9 (+1).  Hospitalized: 44 (+1). Recovered: 300 (+16)