Press Releases

Operation Fan Heat Relief Distributing Fans to Eligible Recipients May 1–Oct. 31

Friday, April 30, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Aging and Adult Services is partnering with the N.C. Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to distribute fans to eligible recipients through Operation Fan Heat Relief May 1–Oct. 31.

Greensboro Community Vaccination Center Begins Offering Johnson & Johnson Single Dose Vaccine

Friday, April 30, 2021

The federally supported COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center in Greensboro at Four Seasons Town Centre today began offering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is available in addition to the two-dose Pfizer vaccine already offered.

North Carolina Expands Eligibility for Food Assistance Benefits to College Students During Pandemic to Purchase Food and Stay in School

Thursday, April 29, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced it is expanding eligibility for food assistance benefits to help college students who are struggling to purchase food and stay in school during the pandemic.

NCDHHS Reaches Milestone with P-EBT; $1 Billion of Food for More Than 1 Million Children

Thursday, April 29, 2021

As of April 27, 2021, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the NC Department of Public Instruction has provided more than $1 billion of groceries to more than a million children impacted by school closings during the pandemic. North Carolina was one of the first four states to receive federal approval of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program when it launched.

NCDHHS Creates Pathway for Temporary Nursing Home Staff to Receive Higher Credentialing

Thursday, April 29, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Health Service Regulation today announced it has made a new temporary pathway available for individuals who worked in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic as temporary nurse aides to be listed on the Nurse Aide I Registry.

CDC and FDA Lift Recommended Pause of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Following Safety Review

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Following a thorough safety review, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have confidence that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 and recommend its continued use to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that providers in the state resume administration of the vaccine now that the CDC and FDA have reaffirmed its safety.

NCDHHS Announces Summer Community Get-out-the-Vaccine Campaign

Thursday, April 22, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced the Bringing Summer Back get-out-the-vaccine campaign that will engage community organizations across the state to fully vaccinate as many people as possible by summer.

NCDHHS, NC Counts Coalition Announce $500K in Grants to Support Equitable COVID-19 Response

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Healthier Together, a public-private partnership between North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and NC Counts Coalition, is releasing a Request for Proposals for community-based organizations to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 - $20,000 (or up to $50,000 for collaborative proposals). Grants will support groups that will help North Carolina achieve its goal of delivering equitable access to vaccines.

NC Federally Supported COVID-19 Vaccination Center Administers 100,000 Doses

Monday, April 19, 2021

More than 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered through the federally supported vaccination center that opened March 10, 2021 in Greensboro, N.C. The center has been successful in reaching underserved communities with recipients praising the staff and service.

NCDHHS Updates County Alert System, Shows COVID-19 Trends Leveling

Friday, April 16, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today updated the COVID-19 County Alert System, which shows one red county — an increase from zero on the previous April 1 County Alert System. 
Today’s update also lists 20 orange counties (previously 21 counties in the April 1 report), 48 yellow counties (previously 47), 30 light yellow counties (previously 31) and one green county (previously one). These updates account for 18 counties having moved up a tier (toward red) since the last report, 19 counties having moved down a tier (toward green) and 63 counties remaining in the same tier.