Press Releases

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.

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.

Immunizing Your Adolescent Is a Must for Back to School

Thursday, August 3, 2017

As children move into adolescence, they are more susceptible to certain diseases, making it more important to stay current with immunizations. For preteens, ages 11-12, there are four recommended vaccines, some of which are required for school entry in North Carolina.

DHHS Issues Fish Consumption Advisory for Hybrid Striped Bass in Lake Norman

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The advisory was issued following a review of fish tissue data for the hybrid striped bass that found elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in hybrid striped bass in this waterway.

DHHS Urges Caution During Extreme Heat

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The hottest temperatures of the summer are forecast to hit parts of North Carolina over the next three days, pushing thermometers to the vicinity of triple digits and stressing people and pets. Temperatures in much of the state are expected to reach the upper 90s with heat indexes topping 100 degrees Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

State Releases First Water Quality Data, Updated Health Information for GenX in Cape Fear River

Friday, July 14, 2017

Data from samples collected June 19 and July 6 show that the most recent results of finished, or treated, water in all but one facility were below the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ health goal of 140 parts per trillion. The data also reveal that concentrations of GenX are trending downward.

Health Officials Encourage Caution as Temperatures Rise

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Symptoms of heat-related stress and illness include muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, fainting, headaches, nausea and vomiting and can be avoided with proper precautions. Children, older adults, outdoor workers and those with chronic health conditions are most vulnerable to illness during the hot summer months.

Governor Cooper Announces $31 Million Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic in NC

Thursday, May 18, 2017

North Carolina is a recipient of more than $31 million to address the opioid crisis through the 21st Century Cures Act, State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants.

State Health Officials Advise N.C. Residents to "Fight the Bite" During Warm Weather Months

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The North Carolina Division of Public Health is advising North Carolinians to “Fight the Bite” and take important precautions to protect against tick and mosquito bites during warm weather months.

Seven Mumps Cases Identified in April; N.C. Health Officials Encourage Precautions

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The North Carolina Division of Public Health is encouraging North Carolinians to make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccines after seven mumps cases were identified in North Carolina residents in April.