NC to use federal funds to help infected low-income workers isolate, limit coronavirus outbreaks
A new program designed to help people who need to quarantine during the pandemic could help stabilize North Carolina's growing coronavirus caseload or even move it in a downward trend.Posted — Updated
The program targets the counties with the highest levels of the virus and will use about $17 million in federal relief money to help people who can't afford to isolate.
Most of the 20 counties in the new support program, which the state Department of Health and Human Services hopes to have operational after Labor Day, are in the eastern half of the state. They include Durham, Chatham, Granville, Johnston, Lee, Sampson, Vance, Wilson and Wayne counties.
"A lot of our people who are dependent upon going to work every day in order to get paid, for them to stay home, it’s been very hard for them to actually successfully isolate and quarantine," Tilson said.
But starting in September, low-income workers infected with or exposed to coronavirus can get some financial help, such as a one-time cash payment to help with housing and utilities, as well as home delivery of groceries and medication.
Recipients have to have been asked to quarantine or isolate and must agree to do that. They will then get referred to the program through health care providers.
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