Press Releases

DHHS Secretary Gets Flu Shot, Advises North Carolinians to Vaccinate with Flu Season Underway

Thursday, October 12, 2017

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., got her flu shot Thursday and encouraged others to get vaccinated, too, with the flu season underway.

North Carolina Focused on Improving Infant Mortality Rate

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

North Carolina’s infant mortality rate dipped by 1.4 percent in 2016 to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 births, compared with the 2015 rate of 7.3 infant deaths. The infant death rate has essentially plateaued, although this slight decrease is encouraging.

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.

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.

DHHS Joins Forces with Prescribers and Payers to Fight the NC Opioid Epidemic

Monday, August 28, 2017

DHHS has established a Payers’ Council to bring together health care payers across the state to partner on benefit design, member services and pharmacy policies to reduce opioid misuse and overdose.

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.