Press Releases

North Carolina Offers Expedited Funding to Increase Community Non-Congregate Shelter Options During COVID-19

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced a new, expedited reimbursement program that aims to expand non-congregate sheltering options in communities across the state.

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 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.

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.

NCDHHS Adds New Hospital Data to Interactive COVID-19 Dashboard

Monday, July 20, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services unveiled an updated COVID-19 Dashboard that includes more granular information about hospital capacity and hospitalization trends, both statewide and broken down by region. These new hospitalization data will provide additional insight into North Carolina’s hospital capacity in the COVID-19 pandemic.  

NCDHHS Selects Additional Vendors to Expand Testing and Contact Tracing for COVID-19

Friday, July 17, 2020 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) selected 13 businesses to join its pool of qualified vendors to support the state’s response to COVID-19, bringing the total number of vendors to 39. North Carolina is responding to the pandemic on multiples fronts, including building the state’s testing and contact tracing infrastructure, while surging assets in communities and populations that have been hardest hit by COVID-19.

Gobernador Cooper Anuncia el Sitio de Web de NCDHHS en Español y las Herramientas para Comprobar Síntomas de COVID-19

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Hoy, el gobernador Roy Cooper anunció que el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Carolina del Norte (NCDHHS) lanzó nuevas herramientas en línea para ayudar a los norcarolinianos de habla hispana a determinar si deberían considerar hacerse la prueba de COVID-19 y ayudar a las personas a monitorear sus síntomas, si han dado positivo, o han estado expuestos a COVID-19.

Governor Cooper Announces NCDHHS Spanish Language Website and Tools to Check for COVID-19 Symptoms

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) launched new online tools to help Spanish-speaking North Carolinians to determine if they should consider being tested for COVID-19 and help individuals monitor their symptoms if they have tested positive for or been exposed to COVID-19.