Press Releases

NCDHHS Issues Request for Qualifications to Expand Testing and Contact Tracing for COVID-19

Monday, June 1, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking to create a pool of qualified vendors to support the response to COVID-19. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued on May 29 for diagnostic and antibody testing including specimen collection and laboratory processing, reserving potential laboratory capacity and contact tracing.

NCDHHS Urges Congress to Extend P-EBT

Friday, May 29, 2020

NCDHHS is requesting Congressional support to extend the Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to provide food for children beyond the traditional school calendar year.

NCDHHS Launches Campaign to Reach Historically Marginalized Populations about COVID-19

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

NCDHHS is using radio and video messages to reach historically marginalized populations to share important messages about reducing risks for COVID-19. The messages are part of the Department’s focus during the COVID-19 response to address the underlying causes of long-standing health disparities impacting communities of color across North Carolina.

NCDHHS Reports Highest One-Day Increase of COVID-19 Positive Tests

Saturday, May 23, 2020 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is reporting the state’s highest one-day number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,107 cases reported.    “This is a notable and concerning increase. As we head into a holiday weekend, please practice the three Ws – wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. When it comes to our health, we need to work together to protect our families, friends and neighbors,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen.   

NCDHHS Provides One-Time Payment to Families with Children in Work First Cash Assistance Program

Friday, May 22, 2020

NCDHHS began distributing a one-time supplemental payment to families enrolled in the Work First Cash Assistance program with one or more children. These payments are intended to help vulnerable families during the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NCDHHS Announces First Reported Case of MIS-C in North Carolina

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting its first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19.

NCDHHS Launches Interactive COVID-19 Dashboard

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services unveiled an updated COVID-19 Dashboard. The interactive dashboard provides an overview on the metrics and capacities that the state is following to inform decisions to responsibly ease measures that slow the spread of the virus.

NCDHHS Expands Measures to Prevent and Respond to COVID-19 in Long-term Care Facilities

Monday, May 18, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is taking further action to prevent and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities. All long-term care facilities in the state will receive personal protective equipment (PPE) packs of needed supplies, and facilities will receive a limited increased rate for some Medicaid services to support infection prevention and management.

NCDHHS Updates Guidance on Who Should be Tested for COVID-19

Friday, May 15, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued updated guidance today on who should be tested for COVID-19. The new guidance recommends that clinicians test any patient in whom COVID-19 is suspected.
 

More than 800,000 Children Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic to Receive Additional Help Buying Food

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Starting today, families impacted by school closings due to COVID-19 are beginning to receive additional food benefits as part of the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program announced by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.