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County Officials: Letter saying COVID-19 testing is required for benefits is fake

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MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. (KION) Monterey County officials said they have seen a letter circulating on social media saying that clients must be tested for COVID-19 to continue receiving state benefits, and they said the letter is fake.

Officials said the letter references the Merced County Human Services agency and what appears to be the signature of a state official. They said the letter tells clients that if they test positive, their children will be placed into foster care and directs them to a website.

The county said social workers will never ask for a client's health status when applying for benefits, and children cannot be placed in foster care because a parent is sick.

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Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.

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