TEXAS – COVID-19 has reached Texas but health authorities say the nation is still in the early stages of the outbreak.
Texas is getting a $16.2 million grant that will go toward meals for seniors. The money comes from Health and Human Services as part of the "Families First Response Act" that President Trump signed it into law earlier this month.
Additionally, a new program has been put in place called the "Comfort Food Care Package" program. It will provide meals for at-risk youth and families by allowing participating restaurants to offer the packages for people to buy on behalf of families and youth in need.
Each care package contains enough food to feed a family of five to six people and will be delivered to peoples' homes through Favor Delivery. Restaurants that want to participate can sign up on the Texas Restaurant Association website.
Over $118 million is pandemic relief will be heading toward Central Texas. Approximately $8 million of those funds will go toward public housing while the remaining money will help fund public transportation in Austin and San Marcos. The goal for that is to keep essential transportation services, help enhance cleaning efforts, and help the city avoid excessive layoffs.
The CDC is currently advising that people avoid close contact with those that are sick via social distancing. They also advise avoiding touching your face and to wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Nationwide, the CDC is reporting more than 213,000 cases in the U.S. as of Thursday. According to an internal count collected by Spectrum News, there are more than 4,800 cases in the state of Texas.
There have been approximately 70 deaths in Texas due to COVID-19 as of April 3.
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