Fact check: Post falsely claims CDC offers COVID-19 quarantine delivery service

The claim: CDC has funding to deliver groceries and cleaning products to people with COVID-19

With shelter-in place orders and concerns surrounding in-person shopping, the demand for food delivery has increased amid the pandemic as COVID-19 cases continue to surge. 

According to some social media users, the Centers for Disease Control is purportedly assisting in the delivery process by offering people quarantined with COVID-19 free delivery of groceries and cleaning supplies. 

"I found this on ig i dont know if this is true but its worth a try? send it to someone you know that has #Covid19," reads a Dec. 12 Instagram post that has been deleted. The meme has been widely shared, including in this Dec. 13 Facebook post

The post encourages users to call a number that claims to be a CDC hotline. 

USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user for comment.

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CDC is not providing delivery services

While the CDC recommends ordering groceries for delivery or curbside pickup to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, it is not providing delivery of groceries or cleaning supplies. 

Bert Kelly, a spokesperson for the CDC, confirmed to USA TODAY via email that the claims are not accurate.

The CDC's role is to prevent diseases, detect and respond to new emerging health threats, and promote healthy and safe behaviors, according to its site

The CDC does provide guidance on meal kits and food delivery safety, as well as recommendations for delivery drivers and food and grocery pickups that include wearing a face covering, limiting contact and developing contactless delivery policies. 

Resources on the CDC's site also include hotlines for families or individuals that are seeking food assistance programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Further, the phone numbers in the post claiming to be a CDC hotline are Philadelphia numbers that lead to the voicemail of a health care center. 

James Garrow, communications director of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, told Lead Stories that the phone numbers in the post are part of the contact tracing staff at the Philadelphia Department of Health's COVID Containment division. 

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Our rating: False 

The claim that the CDC was provided funding to deliver groceries and cleaning products to people with COVID-19, is FALSE, based on our research. A spokesperson for the CDC confirmed to USA TODAY that it is not providing free delivery services to people with COVID-19 and the number leads to the voicemail of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health's COVID Containment division. 

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