HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 214,500 households across Connecticut will receive at least $95 in extra monthly food benefits beginning Friday, the state Department of Social Services announced on Tuesday.

The additional benefits provided under the Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP are expected to continue as long as there are declared state and federal public health emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible households in Connecticut will receive the extra food aid on their Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT cards. Households that are already receiving the maximum monthly SNAP benefit will receive an extra $95. Those who don't usually qualify for the maximum benefit will receive an average of $155 in additional funds, depending on their individual situation.

Meanwhile, the governor's office reported that 234 people remained hospitalized with COVID-19 on on Tuesday, with 72 in New Haven County, 67 in Hartford County, 40 in Fairfield County and 27 in New London County.

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