Press Releases

Governor’s Task Force Encourages North Carolinians to Increase Preparedness Measures for COVID-19

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Task Force continues to prepare for the possibility of COVID-19 infections occurring in North Carolina and is encouraging businesses, schools, health care providers, communities and individuals to prepare as well. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina.

Governor Cooper Directs Creation of Novel Coronavirus Task Force to Continue Protective Efforts

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper formalized the state’s ongoing effort to monitor, prepare for and respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus (CoVID-19) with a state Novel Coronavirus Task Force.

North Carolina is ‘High-Performer’ in Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Friday, February 7, 2020

North Carolina is among states rated as high performers in public health emergency preparedness measures by a nonpartisan, nonprofit that advocates for optimal health for people and communities through prevention of illness and injuries.

NCDHHS Provides Coronavirus Update for Travelers Returning to North Carolina

Thursday, February 6, 2020 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health departments to respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and assure the health and well-being of North Carolinians as residents return from China. 

NCDHHS Releases Final Report on 2019 Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in Western North Carolina

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released the final report on the public health investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in people who attended the NC Mountain State Fair held Sept. 6–15, 2019 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC.

NCDHHS Coronavirus Update, No Confirmed Cases in North Carolina

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local health departments and health care providers to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that originated in Wuhan, China.

Test Results Negative for Possible Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in North Carolina

Saturday, January 25, 2020

The North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH) is reporting that a patient who was being tested for the novel (new) 2019 coronavirus is not infected with the virus. Negative results were received this evening from testing performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

DHHS Investigating Possible Case of Coronavirus in North Carolina

Friday, January 24, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a possible case of infection with the newly discovered 2019 coronavirus. The individual recently traveled to China and passed through Wuhan City, where the outbreak originated, but had not visited the seafood and animal market that was linked to many early cases.

MEDIA ADVISORY: North Carolina’s Opioid Response Getting National Attention; State Leaders to Testify at Congressional Hearing

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Kody H. Kinsley from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will testify Tuesday, Jan. 14  at 10 a.m. at the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on “A Public Health Emergency: State Efforts to Curb the Opioid Crisis.”

State Health Officials Report First Pediatric Flu Death of 2019–20 Season

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the first influenza-associated pediatric death for the 2019–2020 flu season. A child in the western part of the state died in December from complications associated with influenza infection.