Press Releases

Smoking Rates Drop in North Carolina, But Not for Everyone

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The percentage of North Carolina adults who reported smoking cigarettes in 2016 is the lowest ever recorded, 17.9 percent. Despite this milestone, North Carolina’s smoking rate remains slightly higher than the national rate of 17.1 percent, and smoking continues to be the leading preventable cause of death in our state.

First Lady, State Health Director Encourage North Carolinians to Get Vaccinated Against the Flu

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper joined State Health Director Betsey Tilson, M.D., on Tuesday at Wake County Human Services to encourage North Carolinians to get vaccinated against the flu.

N.C. Sending Mobile Hospital Components to Florida Keys

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is sending a mobile, five-bed emergency department, a six-bed in-patient ward and diagnostic equipment to Marathon, Fla. after Hurricane Irma heavily damaged a 25-bed hospital.

Avoid Deadly Carbon Monoxide by Operating Generators, Charcoal Grills Outdoors

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Multiple North Carolina counties have reported power outages related to the effects of Hurricane Irma. As people use alternative sources of power, North Carolina health officials are cautioning people about the risk of using gasoline-powered equipment in enclosed spaces.

State Seeks to Stop Additional Chemical Discharges into the Cape Fear River

Thursday, August 31, 2017

As part of its ongoing investigation, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality this week urged Chemours to stop discharging two additional chemical compounds into the Cape Fear River. The compounds were identified in the company’s waste stream by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency preliminary analysis shared with the state this week.

Radioactive Device Missing from Garner Construction Site Recovered Friday Morning

Friday, August 25, 2017

A measuring tool with a radioactive component used to test density in soil compaction during construction was recovered Friday morning after the report it went missing Thursday night.

Radioactive Device Missing From Construction Site in Garner

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The device uses radioactive materials to test density in soil compaction during construction. It went missing from a private contractor at the McCuller’s Walk Apartments jobsite, 500 Shady Summit Way in Garner, and the disappearance was reported to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services at 7:58 p.m.

DHHS Encourages Safety For Those Planning to View Solar Eclipse

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging people who plan to view Monday’s solar eclipse to use proper eye protection and take steps to reduce the risk of heat-related illness.

DHHS Joins Other Organizations in Recognizing Importance of Breastfeeding

Thursday, August 10, 2017

According to North Carolina’s Acting State Health Director, Kelly Kimple, MD, MPH, breastfeeding has long- and short-term benefits that include lowering the risk of acute conditions such as respiratory and ear infections, more serious chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma or even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

DEQ, DHHS Share Budget Request to Protect Water, Ensure Long-Term Monitoring, Analysis and Enforcement

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

In response to the ongoing investigation into the compound GenX and drinking water in the Cape Fear region, Governor Cooper announced that the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health and Human Services would request critical funding to support additional scientists, engineers and health professionals to ensure water testing and protection statewide.