Press Releases

New Mental Health Supports for All North Carolinians, Including Health Care Workers and Their Families

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has two new mental health resources to support North Carolinians throughout the COVID-19 crisis. 

FEMA Approves North Carolina Request to Stand Up Shelters That Follow Social Distance Guidelines

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina has received approval from FEMA to provide housing alternatives, such as hotels, motels, and dormitories, for North Carolinians with unstable housing who may need to quarantine in response to or are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 

Governor Cooper Provides Emergency Flexibility to Expand Hospital Beds, Equipment and Personnel During the Pandemic

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper took action to provide more access to health care beds and get more medical workers to respond to the rising demand due the COVID-19 pandemic. He signed Executive Order No. 130, which expands the pool of health care workers and orders essential childcare services for workers responding to the crisis.

NCDHHS to Provide Financial Support to Essential Workers and Child Care Providers

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is providing financial assistance to help essential workers afford child care and bonuses to child care teachers and staff who provide care during the COVID-19 crisis. 

North Carolina COVID-19 Modeling Shows Social Distancing Necessary to Slow the Spread and Preserve Hospital Capacity to Save Lives

Monday, April 6, 2020

A collection of North Carolina experts today released a composite modeling forecast looking at how COVID-19 could affect North Carolina in the coming months. The models, constructed by experts from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, RTI International, and others reinforced the need for limiting personal contact to slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that health care is there for people who need it.

Governor Cooper Signs Executive Order to Prohibit Utility Disconnections in the Wake of COVID-19

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper announced another step to help families by prohibiting utilities from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic. Today’s Order applies to electric, gas, water and wastewater services for the next 60 days. 

Governor Cooper Signs Executive Order to Get Equipment to Healthcare Workers, Schools, Local Governments

Monday, March 30, 2020 Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 122 to help schools and local governments access state surplus property to help bridge gaps during the response to COVID-19. The Order also provides transfer or donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) that state government may have and not need.

Families to Receive Enhanced Benefits to Ensure Food Access

Monday, March 30, 2020

To help families access food during the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is temporarily increasing benefits for March 2020 and April 2020 to current Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) recipients in North Carolina.

Governor Cooper Announces First COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits will be Paid This Week

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper announced that the first payments for the unemployment claims related to coronavirus will begin going out this week.

Governor Cooper Announces Texting Tool to Access Food for Children

Friday, March 27, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper announced today that parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.