Press Releases

NCDHHS Reports Data on COVID-19 Patients Presumed to be Recovered

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) estimates that as of Monday, 9,115 North Carolinians with COVID-19 are likely to have recovered from their symptoms. This data along with information about how it is calculated is posted on the COVID-19 Dashboard and will be updated weekly. To calculate this number, NCDHHS estimates the median time for recovery from symptoms to be 14 days from the date of specimen collection for non-fatal COVID-19 cases who were not hospitalized or if hospitalization status is unknown, or 28 days for hospitalized non-fatal COVID-19 cases. 

More than 800,000 Children Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic to Receive Additional Help Buying Food

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Starting today, families impacted by school closings due to COVID-19 are beginning to receive additional food benefits as part of the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program announced by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Families to Receive Enhanced Benefits in May to Ensure Food Access

Monday, May 11, 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 May 2020 to current Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) recipients in North Carolina.

New Portal Opens to File Claims for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment of Uninsured Patients

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Health care providers and hospitals can use a new portal to request reimbursement for claims associated with COVID-19 testing and treatment of uninsured patients retroactive to Feb. 4, 2020.

Wear, Wait, Wash to Continue Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Wear. Wait. Wash. As North Carolina moves to ease some COVID-19 restrictions at the end of this week, the NC Department of Health and Human Services is asking people to remember these three things to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.

Health Care Workers Being Matched to Facilities Seeking Staff

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Due to COVID-19, many health care facilities in North Carolina, particularly long-term care facilities, are seeking to urgently hire staff for temporary, part-time or full-time roles. There is an urgent need for Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants, among other roles to supplement current workers and in some cases fill in for workers affected by COVID-19.

Food and Nutrition Services Participants Can Now Use Benefits At Authorized Online EBT Retailers

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Starting today, North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) participants will be able to purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at authorized online EBT retailers.

NCDHHS Identifies Percent of North Carolinians at Higher Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

More than half (51.1%) of North Carolina adults are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 because they are 65 or older, have at least one underlying health condition or both, according to data analyzed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

NCDHHS Working Quickly to Secure Federal Resources, Broadening Mental Health and Resilience Supports for All North Carolinians

Monday, May 4, 2020

NCDHHS plans to leverage Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) dollars to implement additional mental health supports and crisis counseling services for North Carolinians in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through two connected efforts — the Hope4NC Helpline and a Crisis Counseling Program tailored for COVID-19.

NCDHHS Improving Mental Health Supports for Staff in Health Care Settings, Expanding to Support Staff in Child Care Centers

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002) is being expanded to support the staff who work in North Carolina’s child care programs.