Press Releases

2021 John R. Larkins Award Honoree Presented to NCDHHS’ April Parker

Friday, January 15, 2021

April Parker, a social worker and program coordinator with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ Central Regional Hospital, was honored today as the recipient of the 2021 John R. Larkins Award.

NCDHHS Partnering with Health Systems on Large-Scale Vaccine Events

Thursday, January 14, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with health systems, local health departments and community health centers across the state to host large community vaccine events for people currently eligible to be vaccinated. More than 45,000 vaccines are expected to be given through these events.

Health Care Workers and Adults 65 and Older Are Next to Receive Vaccine

Thursday, January 14, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced today that vaccine providers that are ready to expand may vaccinate all health care workers and anyone 65 years and older.

North Carolina Council on Health Care Coverage Meets to Develop Guiding Principles

Friday, January 8, 2021

Governor Roy Cooper will join members of The North Carolina Council on Health Care Coverage for its third meeting today as the Council discusses options and guiding principles to expand access to health care coverage for North Carolinians.

Former Gov. Hunt, Coastal Plain Area Leaders Receive COVID-19 Vaccines

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Former Governor Jim Hunt, Mrs. Carolyn Hunt, Washington County Commissioner Julius Walker, Jr., and Rep. Shelly Willingham (D-23) were among North Carolina’s 75 and older population to receive the first of the two-part COVID-19 vaccine today at the Wilson County Health Department.

NCDHHS Issues Secretarial Directive with Immediate Actions to Protect North Carolinians

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today issued a Secretarial Directive telling North Carolinians to stay home except for essential activities and avoid gathering, especially indoors, with people who do not live with you.

Food and Nutrition Services Recipients to Receive Temporary 15% Increase in Benefits

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced that Food and Nutrition Services recipients will see a temporary increase in the amount of benefits they receive. This increase is part of the federal Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020.

NCDHHS Reports New Record Highs on COVID-19 Key Metrics to Start 2021

Saturday, January 2, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting new records for COVID-19 key metrics for Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, 2021.

NCDHHS Shares Updated Rollout Plan for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced it had updated its vaccination plan to align with new federal recommendations issued last week. The changes simplify the vaccine process and continue the state’s commitment to first protect health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19, people who are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying, and those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19.

North Carolinians Can Apply Online for Help with Energy Costs Beginning Monday

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced beginning Jan. 4, households can apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) and the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) online at www.epass.nc.gov.