NC Updates on COVID-19

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NC Updates

April 5-11

April 5-11

Thursday, April 9

  • Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 131 which addresses three key areas:
    • The first requires retail stores that are still operating to implement new social distancing policies to make shopping safer for customers and employees.
    • The second makes earlier COVID-19 guidelines mandatory for nursing facilities, and recommends other long-term care facilities to do the same.
    • The third area is unemployment benefits, issuing changes that will speed up certain benefit payments to those who are out of work.
    • Read questions and answers about this Order

Wednesday, April 8

  • Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina has received approval from FEMA to provide housing alternatives, such as hotels, motels, and dormitories, for North Carolinians with unstable housing who may need to quarantine in response to or are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Learn more.
  • NCDHHS has two new mental health resources to support North Carolinians throughout the COVID-19 crisis: Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) and the Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002). Learn more about these resources
  • Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 130 to provide more access to health care beds, expands the pool of health care workers and orders essential childcare services for workers responding to COVID-19.

Tuesday, April 7

  • NCDHHS established an Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program for essential workers as defined in Governor Roy Cooper’s March 27 Executive Order 121. Essential worker emergency child care financial assistance will be offered through May and may be extended. To receive an emergency care subsidy, parents must complete the COVID-19 Parent Application for Financial Assistance for Emergency Child Care and submit it to their child care provider. Read the press release.
  • Governor Roy Cooper, NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen and NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry shared an update on COVID-19 in North Carolina. 
    • New Executive Orders will be issued this week that will fast track child care for health care professionals and make more hospital bed space quickly available; and put social distancing limits in our essential retailers.
    • FEMA has approved the state's request to set up housing alternatives for those who need it.
    • Yesterday's modeling forecast underscores how critical social distancing is to slow the spread of COVID-19. The interventions North Carolina has put in place are slowing the spread of the virus.

Monday, April 6

March 29-April 4

March 29-April 4

Friday, April 3

  • Governor Roy Cooper, NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen and NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry shared an update on COVID-19 in North Carolina. 
    •  As the state enters the first weekend of the Stay at Home Order, Governor Roy Cooper reminded North Carolinians of the importance of staying home. We are in a crucial period for flattening the curve - this means staying home, and if you absolutely must go out, stay at least six feet away from others. 
    • The competition for personal protective equipment is massive. Because these items are in short supply, some manufacturers across the state have shifted their production lines to create these items.
    • With so many people working and learning from home, be sure to be cyber smart.

Thursday, April 2

  • NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen and NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry were joined by Assistant Secretary Lockhart Taylor of NC Commerce and Commissioner Todd Ishee of NCDPS for the daily update on COVID-19. 
    • Secretary Cohen emphasized that COVID-19 can be spread by those who have the virus but DO NOT have any symptoms, which is why staying at home as much as you can is so important. Staying home – as directed by the Stay at Home Order – is the best way to slow the spread and protect North Carolinians.
    • NC Emergency Management continues to purchase protective equipment for healthcare workers. Director Sprayberry reminded citizens to NOT CALL 9-1-1 to report violations of social distancing guidelines. 
    • More than 350,000 unemployment claims have been filed due to COVID-19. While it may take up to two weeks to get your benefits, the NC Division of Employment Security is working to speed up the application process. Learn more at
    • The Division of Prisons is screening all people entering correctional facilities and taking measures to protect the health of offenders and employees. Learn more at

Wednesday, April 1

Tuesday, March 31

  • Governor Roy Cooper today announced another step to help families by prohibiting utilities from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic. Executive Order 124 applies to electric, gas, water and wastewater services for the next 60 days. The Order directs utilities to give residential customers at least six months to pay outstanding bills and prohibits them from collecting fees, penalties or interest for late payment. To learn more, read the FAQs.

  • Updated Guidance for Interim Long-Term Care Setting

Monday, March 30

  • Governor Cooper signs an Executive Order to get equipment to health care workers, schools and local governments
  • To help families access food during the COVID-19 pandemic, NCDHHS is temporarily increasing benefits for March 2020 and April 2020 to current Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) recipients in North Carolina.
  • NCDHHS State Epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore presented preliminary plans for the state's testing and surveillance of COVID-19. More available in the surveillance overview and accompanying slide deck.
  • NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen and NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry provide an update on COVID-19. Secretary Cohen reminded North Carolinians that the Governor’s Executive Order to stay at home goes into effect at 5 p.m. today. She emphasized that when we don’t have vaccines or treatments, social distancing is the only tool we have to slow the spread of COVID-19. For more information about the Order, read the FAQs.

Sunday, March 29

  • Governor Roy Cooper announces first COVID-19 unemployment benefits will be paid this week
March 22 - 28

March 22 - 28

Friday, March 27

  • Governor Roy Cooper issues Executive Order 121, a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020. The Executive Order directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. Read the press release and the FAQs. To request that a business be deemed essential, visit this N.C. Department of Revenue webpage.
  • Governor Roy Cooper announced that parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877. Read more.

Thursday, March 26

  • NCDHHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Elizabeth Tilson and NCEM Director Mike Sprayberry hold media availability to provide an update on COVID-19. Director Sprayberry announced that North Carolina has received a federal disaster declaration, which will make all counties eligible for FEMA assistance to local governments for pandemic response.
  • Read Guidance for Executive Order 120
  • For people who think they might have COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends they stay home and call their doctor if you need medical advice. Most people who get COVID-19 will have mild illness and recover at home. NCDHHS has developed a fact sheet to help North Carolinians know what to do if they are sick. Read more

Wednesday, March 25

  • NCDHHS provides guidance for dental providers
  • NC Medicaid increases support to protect those most at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 and to maintain access to services.
  • During a press briefing, Governor Cooper and DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen urged North Carolinians to stay at home if they can and maximize social distancing. People who feel sick and have mild symptoms, should stay home and call their doctor. Businesses are encouraged to get social distancing, telework plans in place immediately. NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry announced NC has ordered $66 million in personal protective equipment for health care providers and encouraged people who can to donate PPE to The Office of Emergency Medical Services is also working to identify additional hospital beds that could be available once the regular beds at the state’s hospitals are filled.
  • NCDHHS reports the first COVID-19 associated deaths.

Tuesday, March 24

  • Governor Cooper Requests Major Disaster Declaration for COVID-19.
  • NCDHHS announces hotline for critical workers seeking child care options.
  • Governor Cooper directs funding to schools to teach and feed students during COVID-19. 
  • NCDHHS holds media briefing to share updates about COVID-19. State Health Director Dr. Betsey Tilson encouraged North Carolinians who have mild symptoms of COVID-19 to stay at home and contact your doctor. Director of NC Emergency Management Mike Sprayberry provided updates on the second allocation of supplies that North Carolina has received from the Strategic National Stockpile. While the supplies are useful, North Carolina will continue to respond to the national shortage of protective equipment by implementing any strategy to purchase or acquire additional needed supplies for COVID-19.

Monday, March 23

March 15 - 21

March 15 - 21

Saturday, March 21

Friday, March 20

  • Governor Cooper pushes for key federal changes to make food and health care more accessible.
  • NC Medicaid increasing eligible technology and provider types for telemedicine to address COVID-19.
  • NCDHHS Chief Medical Officer and State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Tilson, NCDHHS Chief Deputy Secretary Susan Gale Perry and NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry provided COVID-19 updates. They discussed addressing child care and nutrition needs for families of health care providers and other frontline workers, reiterated NC 2-1-1 text and call services as a resource for the public, and stressed the importance of social distancing now that community spread of COVID-19 is occurring in North Carolina.
  • NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen calls for doctor/nurse/non-clinical volunteers to bolster the state's health care system.
  • Food Safety Guidance for School Meal Delivery provided.
  • NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen requests providers cancel elective and non-urgent and procedures and surgeries.
  • Guidance letter sent to LME/MCOs.
  • The NC Department of Revenue announces the tax deadline is extended to July 15.

Thursday, March 19

  • FAQ for Executive Order 118 provided.
  • Governor Cooper announces a person in Wilson County tested positive for COVID-19 and this is the first time a positive case of COVID-19 is due to community spread. Community spread occurs when people have been infected with the virus and it's unclear how they were exposed to it. NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen said hospitals should postpone elective surgeries to conserve supplies and staff to respond to COVID-19.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration granted request for a disaster declaration for small businesses suffering economic losses due to COVID-19.

Wednesday, March 18

  • NCDHHS seeks authority from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to temporarily waive certain Medicaid and NC Health Choice policies as part of North Carolina’s response to the COVID-19.
  • NCDHHS Chief Medical Officer and State Health Director Dr. Betsey Tilson, Attorney General Josh Stein and Director of NC Emergency Management Mike Sprayberry held a media availability to answer questions about COVID-19. Dr. Tilson provided updates on North Carolina's public health response while AG Stein cautioned residents to be aware of and report potential COVID-19 scams and price gouging. Director Sprayberry urged people not to call 9-1-1 unless they have an emergency and to refrain from overbuying at grocery stores, which will remain open.
  • Governor Roy Cooper today announced NC 2-1-1 by United Way of North Carolina as a resource for people. Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162. Sign up for updates by texting COVIDNC to 898211. 
  • NCDHHS adds new questions to COVID-19 FAQ page.

Tuesday, March 17

Monday, March 16

March 8-14

March 8-14

Saturday, March 14, 2020

  • Governor Cooper issues Executive Order 117 to limit the spread of COVID-19. The order bans mass gatherings of more than 100 people across the state. It also closes K-12 public schools across the state beginning Monday, March 16 through March 30, unless extended. 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

  • Governor Cooper and members of the Coronavirus task force held a media briefing on COVID-19 Mitigation Measures.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

  • Governor Cooper and members of the Coronavirus task force held a media briefing on COVID-19.
  • The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) is taking proactive steps to protect the health of our community by making recommendations that are meant to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak and reduce the number of people infected.
  • Governor Cooper declares a state of emergency to to coordinate response and protective actions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Monday, March 9, 2020

  • The Indiana State Department of Health notified North Carolina officials that a person who tested positive for COVID-19 on March 8 was in Durham and Wake counties on March 2 through March 6 while symptomatic. The person is in isolation at home in Indiana.
  • Five more people in Wake County have tested presumptively positive today for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). All traveled to Boston in late February to attend a BioGen conference. Several cases of COVID-19 across the country have been tied to the conference. These cases are not related to the Wake County individual who tested positive last week. All are in isolation at their respective homes.
March 1-7

March 1-7

Friday, March 6, 2020

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

  • The Governor’s Novel Coronavirus Task Force announces a North Carolina individual has tested positive for COVID-19. The test, conducted by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, is presumptively positive and will be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab. The individual, who lives in Wake County, is doing well and is in isolation at home.
  • The Governor’s Novel Coronavirus Task Force announces the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health is now able to test for COVID-19. This new capability allows North Carolina to more quickly take public health steps to respond to any positive test result.
Jan. 25 - Feb. 27

Jan. 25 - Feb. 27

Friday, Feb. 27, 2020

  • NCDHHS shares CDC’s interim Patient Under Investigation form and releases an updated Interim Patients Under Investigation Toolkit for COVID-19.
  • NCDHHS shares guidance for healthcare providers and facilities regarding conservation of supplies for COVID-19.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2020

  • The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force continues to prepare for the possibility of COVID-19 infections and encourages businesses, schools, health care providers, communities and individuals to prepare as well.

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

  • NCDHHS provides local health departments with updated guidance for COVID-19 investigations

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020

  • Governor Cooper announces the creation of the Governor’s Novel Coronavirus Task Force to continue the coordination among state, local and federal partners. The Task Force formalizes the state’s ongoing efforts to monitor, prepare for and respond to the 2019 novel COVID-19.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

  • NCDHHS provides an update for travelers returning to North Carolina. NCDHHS continues to work with the CDC and local health departments to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and assure the health and well-being of North Carolinians as residents return from China.

Thursday, Jan 30 2020

  • NCDHHS provides a healthcare personnel and visitor Monitoring Log for use by healthcare providers and local health department personnel.
  • NCDHHS releases an interim Healthcare Facility Preparedness Checklist to provide guidance to healthcare facilities on preparing for COVID-19.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

  • NCDHHS provides a COVID-19 update. NCDHHS is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local health departments, and health care providers to closely monitor COVID-19. There are no confirmed cases in North Carolina.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020

  • NCDHHS provides Emergency Medical Services agencies with an Interim EMS Preparedness Checklist for COVID-19.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020

Friday, Jan. 24, 2020

  • The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announces it is investigating a possible case of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual had recently traveled to China and passed through Wuhan City, where the outbreak originated, but had not visited the market linked to many early cases. This person arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Jan. 23, 2020.