From Rep. DeFazio — The CARES Act…
Is it still safe to order takeout?
Some Oregonians have asked if they should be worried about getting COVID-19 from takeout. While it’s important to maintain physical distance from delivery people, contracting the virus through food is unlikely. We asked an OHA epidemiologist to explain:
“There is currently no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. Unlike foodborne or gastrointestinal illnesses that often make people ill through contaminated food, COVID-19 is a virus that causes respiratory illness, which means you’d have to inhale the virus into your lungs in order to get sick. Foodborne exposure to this virus is not known to be a route of transmission.”
Emergency SNAP benefits will be issued to many SNAP households
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) plays a critical role in supporting access to food for Oregonians. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is issuing emergency extra SNAP benefits to many SNAP households to help buy food during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum amount for your household, you will get a supplemental benefit up to the maximum SNAP amount for your household size. If you already get the maximum SNAP benefit, you will not get extra SNAP.
Extra SNAP will be added to EBT cards in April and May. The first distribution will be today, April 10. You can find more information about who can receive extra benefits from Partnership for a Hunger Free Oregon in English and Spanish