Press Releases

NCDHHS Awarded $1.5 Million to Expand Mental Health Supports through Statewide Crisis Counseling Program, Adding Focus on Historically Marginalized Communities

Friday, June 19, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded $1.5 million to support and expand the Hope4NC program, which connects North Carolinians to mental health supports that help them cope and build resilience during times of crisis. NCDHHS worked in partnership with North Carolina Emergency Management to secure the grant.

NCDHHS Selects First Vendors to Expand Testing and Contact Tracing for COVID-19

Friday, June 19, 2020

NCDHHS selected 26 businesses to form its initial pool of qualified vendors to support the state’s response to COVID-19. North Carolina is responding to the pandemic on multiples fronts, including building the state’s testing and contact tracing infrastructure, while surging assets in communities and populations that have been hardest hit by COVID-19.

NCDHHS Announces $26 Million to Help Mitigate the Economic Disruption of COVID-19, Including Assistance for Families Facing Eviction

Monday, June 15, 2020

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced that the state’s Community Action Agencies (CAAs) have begun to receive flexible funds that can be used to help low-income individuals and families meet a variety of needs caused by the economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCDHHS Issues Abatement Order to ACE Speedway

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is issuing an Abatement Order requiring ACE Speedway to immediately close their facility and halt operations. The Speedway’s recent actions constitute an imminent hazard for the spread of COVID-19, an acute threat to North Carolinians which must not continue.

NCDHHS Updates Guidance on Who Should Be Tested

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is releasing updated guidance for doctors and clinicians on who should be tested for COVID-19.

North Carolina Designates Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services Workers as Emergency First Responders

Monday, June 8, 2020

Today, NCDHHS announced that child protective services and adult protective services workers are designated as first responders. This classification will help these critical workers access Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed while working in situations that require face-to-face contact with adults, children and families amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

North Carolina Reports Highest COVID-19 Numbers

Saturday, June 6, 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 1,370 cases reported.   Other metrics that the state is watching also increased. The percent of tests that were positive climbed to 10 percent. This metric is based only on labs that report electronically to the state. In addition, hospitalizations have exceeded 700 for three of the past five days. 

NCDHHS Reports First COVID-19 Pediatric Death in North Carolina

Friday, June 5, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the first COVID-19-associated pediatric death in North Carolina. A child in the central part of the state died June 1 from complications associated with COVID-19 infection. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information regarding this child will be released.

NCDHHS Launches Testing and Contact Tracing Resources to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) launches new initiatives to expand COVID-19 testing and contact tracing across the state and help North Carolinians protect their families and neighbors.

NCDHHS Extends Deadline for Questions for Request for Qualifications to Expand Testing and Contact Tracing for COVID-19

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

NCDHHS is extending the deadline for questions for its Request for Qualifications (RFQ) that seeks to create a pool of qualified vendors to support the response to COVID-19. Vendors may now submit questions in writing until 2 p.m. on June 4, 2020.