Press Releases

NCDHHS Announces Annual Participation in USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Nutrition Services Branch announces its annual participation in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), ensuring children and adults continue to have access to good nutrition. NCDHHS is committed to providing nutritious food especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and USDA flexibilities are in place to facilitate meeting participants’ needs during this challenging time.

Heat Illness-Related Emergency Department Visits Rise with High Temperatures in NC

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

According to the North Carolina Division of Public Health (DPH), there have been 1,205 heat-related hospital emergency department visits reported since May 1, 2020. The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is encouraging people to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses, especially on hot days. 

New Immunization Rule to Protect Students from Meningitis Takes Effect in 2020-21 School Year

Friday, July 24, 2020

Effective Aug. 1, 2020, a booster dose of meningococcal conjugant vaccine (MenACWY) is required for students entering the 12th grade in public, private or religious schools in North Carolina. Students who do not meet this requirement may not be allowed to attend school until they receive the booster dose.

Executive Order Returns Regulatory Authority for Skilled Nursing to NCDHHS Secretary

Friday, July 24, 2020

Today, Governor Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order returning regulatory authority for skilled nursing facilities to the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Current restrictions remain in place as NCDHHS collaborates with industry and advocacy organizations, monitors progress and evaluates options to best protect the health and wellbeing of staff, residents and their loved ones. 

Funding Available to Help North Carolinians with Energy Bills During Hot Summer Months

Friday, July 24, 2020

Funding is now available to help North Carolinians in crisis pay cooling or heating bills or secure cooling or heating resources.

Rockefeller Foundation Report: NCDHHS COVID-19 Testing Policies Set National Example

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' work to increase COVID-19 testing access, including its innovative universal testing strategy within skilled nursing facilities, has been cited as a national model in the Rockefeller Foundation’s newly-released National COVID-19 Testing & Tracing Action Plan.

NCDHHS Expands Free Testing Sites in Underserved Communities

Monday, July 20, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper announced that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) today has approved a third vendor, NC Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA), to expand free COVID-19 testing to historically marginalized communities that currently have limited testing sites. So far, Vidant Health and Orig3n, Inc. have coordinated more than 60 testing events through this initiative with eleven additional events scheduled for today.

NCDHHS Adds New Hospital Data to Interactive COVID-19 Dashboard

Monday, July 20, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services unveiled an updated COVID-19 Dashboard that includes more granular information about hospital capacity and hospitalization trends, both statewide and broken down by region. These new hospitalization data will provide additional insight into North Carolina’s hospital capacity in the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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

Friday, July 17, 2020 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) selected 13 businesses to join its pool of qualified vendors to support the state’s response to COVID-19, bringing the total number of vendors to 39. 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.

Governor Cooper Announces NCDHHS Spanish Language Website and Tools to Check for COVID-19 Symptoms

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) launched new online tools to help Spanish-speaking North Carolinians to determine if they should consider being tested for COVID-19 and help individuals monitor their symptoms if they have tested positive for or been exposed to COVID-19.