Press Releases

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.

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.

NCDHHS Receives Funding to Prevent Colorectal Cancer in NC

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has received five years of funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to partner with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to increase colorectal cancer screenings, particularly among underserved communities in North Carolina.

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.

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 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 Awarded $35 Million State Opioid Response Grant from SAMHSA

Monday, September 14, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $35 million State Opioid Response (SOR) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These funds will be used to continue the state’s efforts to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic by providing treatment and supporting North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan 2.0. Previously, NCDHHS has received a total of $58 million in SOR grants, which to date, has provided more than 14,000 individuals with treatment and recovery services.

North Carolinians in 11 Counties to Receive Replacement Food and Nutrition Benefits after Hurricane Isaias

Thursday, September 10, 2020

The United States Department of Agriculture approved North Carolina’s waiver request to issue automatic replacement benefits to people who receive Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) in 11 North Carolina counties impacted by Hurricane Isaias.