The Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency is distributing free personal protective equipment (PPE) using $61 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds. Eligible groups include independent medical providers, hospitals, child care providers, eldercare facilities, non-profit organizations, schools and small businesses. To apply, go to https://hawaii-medical-alliance.myshopify.com/ until Nov. 15, 2020.
The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has a new virtual call center and has added 100 trained adjudicators to reduce the backlog of claims but says its biggest challenge is claimants and employers not answering phone calls from DLIR staff because they think it may be spam or telemarketers. The adjudicators will call from an 808 number. The department says it is working as fast as possible to process claims, including the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) extensions.