Press Releases

NCDHHS Adds New Resources and Tools to Spanish Language COVID-19 Vaccination Website

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has added new resources to its Spanish language COVID-19 vaccination website, Protégete a ti y a los demás. ¡VACÚNATE!, including a new video on COVID-19 vaccines and tools for understanding vaccination groups and finding locations to get vaccinated.

NCCU ACCORD Research on COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Informs North Carolina’s Strategy for Equitable Outreach and Distribution

Friday, February 12, 2021

As part of its partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to research public attitudes toward COVID-19, the North Carolina Central University Advanced Center for COVID-19 Related Disparities' (ACCORD) new research study shows communication about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 coupled with local access to COVID-19 vaccination can significantly reduce vaccine hesitancy among historically marginalized people.

NCDHHS Reports First Identified Case of B.1.351 COVID-19 Variant in NC

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today reported the first identification of the COVID-19 variant B.1.351 in a North Carolina resident. The B.1.351 variant was first detected in South Africa in October and in the United States in January.  

Food and Nutrition Services Participants Can Now Use Benefits for Online Purchases From Food Lion Through Instacart

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Starting today, North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) participants can purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards through Instacart.com or the Instacart mobile app, providing access to an additional authorized online EBT retailer, Food Lion. This flexibility will allow participants to buy food while promoting social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will help families with transportation and mobility barriers.

More than 10,000 North Carolinians Have Died of COVID-19

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today reported that North Carolina has reached a sobering milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic — more than 10,000 North Carolinians have died from the virus. The state also surpassed 800,000 total cases today.

County Demographic Data for Vaccines Administered Now Available on North Carolina Vaccine Data Dashboard

Friday, February 5, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has added new county demographic data for COVID-19 vaccinations to the vaccine data dashboard. Data on people who have received the first dose or both the first and second dose of the vaccine are available by race, ethnicity, gender and age group and can be filtered by county.

North Carolina Sees Dramatic Drop in Spread of Flu, Other Respiratory Illnesses Thanks to Preventative Practices to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Friday, February 5, 2021

North Carolinians have protected themselves and their loved ones from the flu along with COVID-19 by taking preventative measures such as wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from people who do not live with them, and frequently washing their hands or using hand sanitizer.

NC COVID-19 Data Dashboard Update Includes Delayed Reports from Urgent Care Tests; Cases Still Trending Downward

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced that today’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard includes a large number of cases from tests performed at FastMed Urgent Care clinics during December 2020 and January 2021 that had not been previously reported to NCDHHS.

New Tools Help North Carolinians Get Vaccine Information

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released new tools to help North Carolinians get their COVID-19 vaccine questions answered and to find vaccine locations in the state.

North Carolina Administers More Than 1 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Monday, February 1, 2021

North Carolina surpassed the 1 million mark of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across the state last Friday. This milestone capped a week when the state’s vaccine providers administered more than 99% of first doses.