Press Releases

NCDHHS to Pay for Ongoing Testing of Nursing Home Staff; Codifies Requirement for Biweekly Nursing Home Staff Testing

Friday, August 7, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) today took additional steps to protect nursing home residents and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic by issuing a Secretarial Order requiring biweekly staff testing and announcing continued state funding for staff testing through November. The order mandates the existing recommendation for biweekly testing.

NCDHHS Selects Vendors to Supervise 250+ New Community Health Workers in 50 Counties with COVID-19 Hot Spots

Friday, August 7, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) today announced its selection of seven vendors to hire and manage over 250 Community Health Workers, who will be deployed in 50 targeted counties to connect North Carolinians affected by COVID-19 with needed services and support.

NCDHHS COVID-19 Community Testing Events Continue; No Cost for Testing

Monday, August 3, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has 38 upcoming community testing events.

COVID-19 Hospitalization Data Correction

Saturday, August 1, 2020

As part of ongoing quality control measures, NCDHHS identified an error in our hospitalization data for the Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (MHPC) for July 25 through July 31. This data has been corrected.

NCDHHS Announces Annual Participation in USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Nutrition Services Branch announces its annual participation in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), ensuring children and adults continue to have access to good nutrition. NCDHHS is committed to providing nutritious food especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and USDA flexibilities are in place to facilitate meeting participants’ needs during this challenging time.

Heat Illness-Related Emergency Department Visits Rise with High Temperatures in NC

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

According to the North Carolina Division of Public Health (DPH), there have been 1,205 heat-related hospital emergency department visits reported since May 1, 2020. The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is encouraging people to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses, especially on hot days. 

Funding Available to Help North Carolinians with Energy Bills During Hot Summer Months

Friday, July 24, 2020

Funding is now available to help North Carolinians in crisis pay cooling or heating bills or secure cooling or heating resources.

New Immunization Rule to Protect Students from Meningitis Takes Effect in 2020-21 School Year

Friday, July 24, 2020

Effective Aug. 1, 2020, a booster dose of meningococcal conjugant vaccine (MenACWY) is required for students entering the 12th grade in public, private or religious schools in North Carolina. Students who do not meet this requirement may not be allowed to attend school until they receive the booster dose.

Executive Order Returns Regulatory Authority for Skilled Nursing to NCDHHS Secretary

Friday, July 24, 2020

Today, Governor Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order returning regulatory authority for skilled nursing facilities to the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Current restrictions remain in place as NCDHHS collaborates with industry and advocacy organizations, monitors progress and evaluates options to best protect the health and wellbeing of staff, residents and their loved ones. 

Rockefeller Foundation Report: NCDHHS COVID-19 Testing Policies Set National Example

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' work to increase COVID-19 testing access, including its innovative universal testing strategy within skilled nursing facilities, has been cited as a national model in the Rockefeller Foundation’s newly-released National COVID-19 Testing & Tracing Action Plan.