Press Releases

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.

New COVID-19 Toolkit Available for Faith Leaders; Guidance for Places of Worship Updated for Phase 3

Friday, October 2, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services updated its COVID-19 guidance for places of worship and shared a toolkit to support faith leaders in slowing the spread of the virus.

WIC COVID-19 Flexibilities Extended for Duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Friday, October 2, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended essential flexibilities for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to ensure participants continue to receive the food and health support they need throughout the COVID-19 national public health emergency.

NCDHHS Announces New $7 Million Partnership to Address Unmet Health Needs of Historically Marginalized Communities

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with United Providers of Health (UPOH) to address unmet health care needs of historically marginalized communities. A new $7 million statewide effort will support NCDHHS’ COVID-19 response by providing preventative health care services, connections to mental health supports and help securing non-medical drivers of health like food and housing. 

NC Medicaid Surpasses 1 Million Telehealth Visits Since Beginning of COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) today announced a milestone in the use of telehealth and telephonic visits by NC Medicaid enrollees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since establishing telehealth flexibility policies in early March, NC Medicaid has processed claims for approximately more than 1.1 million telehealth and 350,000 telephonic visits.

NCDHHS Updates Nursing Home Visitation Order as State Has Stabilizing Metrics, Mandated Testing and Strict Infection Control Measures

Monday, September 28, 2020

As North Carolina’s key metrics continue to remain stable and strong infection prevention and control requirements remain in place, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today issued a Secretarial Order updating visitation guidelines for nursing homes to allow indoor visitation.

NCDHHS Adds Antigen Test Information to COVID-19 Dashboard

Friday, September 25, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is adding information about antigen testing to the COVID-19 NC Dashboard, including positive COVID-19 cases and deaths diagnosed with an antigen test and the number of antigen tests completed daily. 

El NCDHHS brindará apoyo adicional con la compra de alimentos para más de 600,000 niños 

Friday, September 25, 2020

El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Carolina del Norte (NCDHHS) anunció el día de hoy que proporcionará beneficios adicionales a través del programa de Transferencia Electrónica de Beneficios durante la Pandemia (P-EBT por sus siglas en inglés), para ayudar a las familias a adquirir alimentos para aquellos niños que vieron afectado su acceso a comidas gratuitas y a precios reducidos en las escuelas debido al aprendizaje remoto este otoño por causa de la COVID-19. El programa proporciona beneficios en una tarjeta EBT que puede utilizarse para comprar alimentos a los distribuidores autorizados, incluyendo la mayoría de los supermercados más importantes.