Total number of COVID-19 cases in NC up to 15,346; deaths related to virus up to 577

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RALEIGH, NC (WSPA) – North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services officials said Tuesday the total number of cases of COVID-19 is up to 15,346.

According to a news release, the total deaths related to coronavirus is 577.

NCDHHS officials said 202,24 COVID-19 tests in North Carolina have been completed and there are currently 475 people hospitalized in the state.

Health officials also said they are temporarily increasing benefits for May 2020 to current Food and Nutrition Services recipients in North Carolina.

All families that receive FNS will receive the maximum amount allowed for May 2020 for their household size.

According to a news release, a family of four would be eligible to receive a total of $646 for each of the two months regardless of their usual benefit amount.

The increase of benefits is subject to the following guidelines:

  • Households that have already received the maximum amount for their household size will not receive the temporary increase.
  • The household size will not include ineligible or disqualified members.
  • Households that were ineligible in May 2020 will not receive a temporary increase.

According to the release, approximately 360,000 households will start receiving the temporary increased benefits on their EBT card on May 22. The increases will reportedly be randomly generated and will be staggered every other workday until all eligible households have received their temporary increase.

“Recipients will continue to receive their regular benefits and should be aware they will receive two separate payments for May,” according to the release.

To check the availability of your recipient benefits:

  • Visit www.ebtedge.com – Click on More Information under EBT cardholders
  • Download the ebtEDGE mobile app – Available on the Apple Store and Google Play
  • Call 1-888-622-7328

“To help limit the spread of COVID-19, NCDHHS has also received approval to extend FNS certification periods so that beneficiaries don’t have to visit county Social Services offices to qualify for continued services,” according to the release. “In addition, with many businesses closing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents are being temporarily and partially suspended. All eligible beneficiaries are being notified of this change.”

For questions about emergency supplements and the FNS program, call the EBT Call Center at 1-866-719-0141.

Families and individuals who do not currently receive benefits can apply online here.

For the latest COVID-19 information, visit nc.gov/covid19.

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