Press Releases

NCDHHS and NCDPS Ask Local Leaders to Take Action to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

With North Carolina’s COVID-19 trends moving in the wrong direction, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Safety sent a letter to local leaders asking them to help slow the spread of the virus by promoting the 3 Ws and considering local actions to improve compliance with executive orders.

NC Medicaid Extends Support to Providers to Help Maintain Access to Services During COVID-19

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Benefits (NC Medicaid) is extending temporary provider rate increases related to COVID-19 through the end of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency, which goes through Jan. 21, 2021.

NCDHHS Adds New Clusters Report to COVID-19 Dashboard; Releases Guidance for Private Gatherings

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

In the past two weeks, North Carolina has seen an increase in COVID-19 clusters from social events and other gatherings such as parties, family gatherings, weddings and funerals according to a new weekly report the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services added today to the NC COVID-19 Dashboard. The department has also released new guidance for private gatherings.

NCDHHS Adds New Data to NC COVID-19 Dashboard

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today added demographic data for hospitalizations to the NC COVID-19 Hospitalizations Demographics Dashboard. Data is provided by age, gender, race and ethnicity for patients who were newly admitted to the hospital and confirmed or suspected to be positive for COVID-19 at the time of admission. The data provides further insight into the different demographic groups being hospitalized due to COVID-19.

NCDHHS Adds New County-Level Data to COVID-19 Dashboard

Friday, October 16, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is adding new county-level data to the COVID-19 NC Dashboard on the County Map by Cases section of the Summary dashboard page. 

NCDHHS Submits COVID-19 Vaccination Plan to CDC

Friday, October 16, 2020

North Carolina today submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. The goal of the plan is to immunize everyone who is eligible for and wants a COVID-19 vaccine.

NCDHHS Reports Highest One-Day Increase of COVID-19 Cases

Friday, October 16, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s highest one-day increase of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases to date with 2,684 new cases reported. The department is also reporting the second highest number of hospitalizations in the past 30 days, with 1,148 reported.

NCDHHS Provides Guidelines for Voters and Polling Locations as Early Voting Begins

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is providing guidelines for voters and local polling locations to help protect the health of North Carolinians during the voting process. In addition, NCDHHS and the NC Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management provided personal protective equipment to local election boards and locations. 

DHHS to Hold Virtual Mental Health Town Hall Meetings to Hear from those Receiving Services

Thursday, October 8, 2020

State leaders from the NC Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (DMHDDSAS) are partnering with UNC-TV and the Governor’s Institute to host several virtual town hall meetings during October and November to listen to the concerns and experiences of consumers, family members and advocates of the state’s MH/DD/SAS services and system.

SlowCOVIDNC Surpasses 100,000 Downloads; State Health Officials Encourage North Carolinians to Use Exposure Notification App

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

More than 100,000 people have downloaded SlowCOVIDNC, the official exposure notification app of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.