Press Releases

NCDHHS to Provide Extra Help Buying Food for More Than 600,000 Children

Friday, September 25, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced today it will provide additional benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to help families purchase food for children whose access to free and reduced-priced meals at school has been impacted by remote learning this fall due to COVID-19. The program provides a benefit on an EBT card that can be used to buy food at authorized retailers, including most major grocery stores.

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. 

SlowCOVIDNC, NCDHHS Exposure Notification App, Surpasses 50,000 Downloads in First Day

Thursday, September 24, 2020

A day after announcing the launch of SlowCOVIDNC, more than 50,000 people had downloaded the app. SlowCOVIDNC, the official exposure notification of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, alerts North Carolinians when they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is completely anonymous and does not collect, store or share personal information or location data.

Medicaid Waiver Recipients Receive Additional Support During COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

NC Medicaid beneficiaries on the NC Innovations Waiver who are attending school virtually due to the COVID-19 public health emergency can now receive waiver support during remote learning.

NCDHHS Launches SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification App; Available for Download Today

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has launched a COVID-19 Exposure Notification app called ‘SlowCOVIDNC’ today, Sept. 22. The app will help North Carolinians slow the spread of the virus by alerting them when they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is completely anonymous and does not collect, store or share personal information or location data.

NCDHHS Launches New Advertisements in Community-Based Print Publications to Urge North Carolinians to "Get Behind the Mask”

Monday, September 21, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is launching advertisements in community-based print and online publications to amplify the “Whatever Your Reason” statewide public campaign and urge North Carolinians to “Get Behind the Mask.” NCDHHS has secured print advertisements in 21 of the state’s leading community-based print and online publications across the state, with an intentional focus on reaching historically marginalized communities most impacted by the pandemic.

J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center Cancels Holiday Parade, Continues Holiday Display Tradition

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center (JIRDC) has cancelled their 46th annual holiday parade, scheduled for Dec. 2, to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the residents they serve. However, the Center will hold their annual holiday display Dec. 3–31, to be lighted daily from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.

NCDHHS Selects Additional Vendor to Expand Statewide COVID-19 Testing Capacity

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced its selection of an additional vendor, Optum Serve, to continue surging COVID-19 testing capacity in the state.

NCDHHS Officials Urge North Carolinians to Get Vaccinated as Flu Season Begins, Stress Added Importance During COVID-19

Monday, September 14, 2020

Health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are urging North Carolina residents to protect themselves, their families and those around them by getting vaccinated against Influenza as the state enters flu season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCDHHS Reports Technical Issues with Hospitalization Data; Numbers on Dashboard Incomplete

Monday, September 7, 2020

Since Friday, Sept. 4, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has experienced continued technical and submission issues with hospital systems' data, which have been exacerbated by the holiday weekend, resulting in incomplete hospitalization data.