Press Releases

North Carolina NCAA Basketball Coaches on COVID-19 Vaccines: “You Have A Spot. Take Your Shot.”

Thursday, March 18, 2021

In a new PSA released today by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina NCAA men’s and women’s basketball coaches have come together to urge everyone to take their shot against COVID-19. They talk about why they personally chose to get vaccinated and how that helps to protect others.

Richard Petty on COVID-19 Vaccines: “You Have A Spot. Take Your Shot.”

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

North Carolina native and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty recently received a COVID-19 vaccine. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, and all-time leader in premier series race wins with 200, Petty was vaccinated at a drive-through vaccination center located near his hometown of Level Cross, N.C.

NCDHHS Launches Statewide Open Enrollment for NC Medicaid Managed Care

Monday, March 15, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced the launch of statewide open enrollment for NC Medicaid Managed Care. Beneficiaries can enroll online, by calling the NC Medicaid Managed Care Call Center at 833-870-5500 (TTY: 833-870-5588) or through the free NC Medicaid Managed Care mobile app available on Google Play or the App Store. They can also use the mail-in forms sent to them in the enrollment packet. 

NCDHHS and Partners Release Breastfeeding Support Toolkit for NC Employers, Working Moms, Families and Advocates

Monday, March 15, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and its state partners today released the updated breastfeeding support NC Making It Work toolkit.

CMS Relaxes Guidance for Visitation in Long-Term Care Facilities; NCDHHS Rescinds LTCF Visitation Secretarial Order

Friday, March 12, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is updating its visitation guidance for long-term care facilities to allow for in-person, indoor or outdoor, visitation in most circumstances. The change aligns with new guidance released this week from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reflects rapidly improving trends in long-term care facilities.

NCDHHS Awards 14 Facilities with Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation

Friday, March 12, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health today announced 14 medical facilities have been awarded the North Carolina Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation. The designation is based on the World Health Organization’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, which support initiation, exclusivity and continuation of breastfeeding.

Food and Nutrition Services Participants Can Now Use Benefits for Online Purchases from BJ’s

Thursday, March 11, 2021

North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services participants can purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards at an additional authorized online EBT retailer, BJ’s Wholesale Club. 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.

NCDHHS Expands Demographic Data on Vaccine Dashboard

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has expanded its vaccine data dashboard to provide more demographic data on people who are partially or fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Users will be able to see vaccinations by race, ethnicity, gender and age group by county, by week and since vaccinations began. The information will be displayed on a new tab named “Demographics” on the dashboard.

NCDHHS Secretary, Rev. Barber Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Friday, March 5, 2021

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D., and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine today at the Wake County Health Department's vaccination clinic at PNC Arena.

North Carolina WIC Program Receives Telehealth Intervention Strategies Grant

Friday, March 5, 2021

The North Carolina Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is one of seven WIC State Agencies to receive a U.S. Department of Agriculture/Tufts Telehealth Intervention Strategies for WIC (THIS-WIC) grant. Selected through a competitive review process, the $1 million grant will use innovative telehealth solutions to deliver nutrition education and breastfeeding support to WIC participants to overcome barriers to access, particularly those encountered in rural settings.