Press Releases

NCDHHS Expands Access to COVID-19 Rapid Testing in K-12 Schools

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will be expanding access to COVID-19 rapid testing in K-12 public schools to protect students, teachers and staff from COVID-19. When schools implement testing combined with the state’s strong mitigation strategies, they can detect new cases to prevent outbreaks and reduce the risk of further transmission.

COVID-19 Cases Declining Rapidly in North Carolina Long-Term Care Settings

Thursday, March 4, 2021

New COVID-19 cases in North Carolina long-term care facilities have declined rapidly in the last several weeks. Case rates are down over 15-fold in skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes and other licensed facilities since the peak of transmission in January 2021. Given the rapid decline in new cases, most facilities currently meet criteria to resume indoor visitation while continuing to follow infection prevention recommendations.

NCDHHS Updates County Alert System, Shows Continued Progress in NC

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today updated the COVID-19 County Alert System, which shows six red counties — a decrease from 27 red counties on the previous Feb. 22 County Alert System and the fewest red counties in the state since the start of the County Alert System.

NCDHHS Updates Guidance for K-12 Schools, Instructs Schools to Open for In-Person Instruction

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

K-12 schools are expected to open for in-person instruction for K-12 students following the StongSchoolsNC health guidance released today by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

NCDHHS Begins Mailing Enrollment Packets and Launches Call Center in Preparation for NC Medicaid Managed Care Open Enrollment

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has begun mailing enrollment packets statewide and launched new resources for beneficiaries as it prepares for NC Medicaid Managed Care Open Enrollment which begins on Mar. 15, 2021. Beneficiaries can now call the NC Medicaid Enrollment Call Center to learn more about NC Medicaid Managed Care and can download a free beneficiary enrollment mobile app.

NC to Receive Authorized Johnson & Johnson’s One-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Wednesday

Monday, March 1, 2021

North Carolina has another tested, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to protect against virus-related hospitalization and death. The federal government authorized the distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s (Janssen) one-shot vaccine and more than 80,000 doses are expected to arrive in the state this week, beginning on Wednesday.

Federally Supported Community Vaccination Center to Open in North Carolina

Friday, February 26, 2021

Governor Roy Cooper today announced the establishment of a COVID-19 vaccination center in North Carolina, in partnership with the federal government.

North Carolina Top in the Nation for Vaccinating People 65 and Older

Friday, February 26, 2021

Kaiser Family Foundation ranks North Carolina as first in the nation for vaccinating the largest share of its 65 and older population at 49%. This rate does not include those in long-term care facilities.

Statement from NCDHHS on Superior Court Medicaid Managed Care Ruling

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is pleased that yet another court ruling has affirmed the integrity and fairness of the department’s Medicaid Managed Care procurement process. On Feb. 18, a Superior Court ruled in favor of NCDHHS in response to a legal challenge from one of the entities that was not awarded a contract under the state’s Medicaid Managed Care procurement process.

NCDHHS Updates County Alert System, Shows Progress

Monday, February 22, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today updated the COVID-19 County Alert System, which shows 27 red counties — a decrease from 61 red counties on the previous Feb. 4 County Alert System — and the fewest red counties in the state since the start of the County Alert System.