Press Releases

NCDHHS COVID-19 Community Testing Events Announced; Testing is Free

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

NCDHHS has announced community testing events in Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Johnston, Northampton, Sampson and Wake counties as part of the initiative to increase access to free COVID-19 testing for historically marginalized communities that currently have limited testing sites.

NCDHHS Reports Highest One-Day Increase of COVID-19 Positive Tests

Saturday, July 11, 2020

NCDHHS is reporting the state’s highest one-day number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with 2,462 reported. It is the highest one-day increase to date. Hospitalizations are also at a record high with 1,093 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

NCDHHS to Send Community Health Workers to Underserved COVID-19 Hot Spots

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) today issued a Request For Proposals for an initiative that will send up to 250 Community Health Workers to historically underserved areas with high COVID-19 caseloads. Starting in August, teams of trained frontline public health professionals will connect North Carolinians affected by COVID-19 with needed services and support.

Public Health Risk Associated with Methanol-contaminated Hand Sanitizers

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

NCDHHS is joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in alerting consumers of adverse health effects associated with methanol-contaminated hand sanitizers. The warning follows CDC reports of seven people in New Mexico who experienced serious health events, including permanent blindness and death, due to purportedly ingesting methanol-contaminated hand sanitizers or rubs manufactured in Mexico.

North Carolina Announces Statewide COVID-19 Test Standing Order, Requires Reporting of All Test Results

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) today took action to decrease barriers to COVID-19 testing by issuing a Statewide Standing Order for COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing, as well as a State Health Director Temporary Order on COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Reporting.

NCDHHS to Deploy Up to 300 Free Testing Sites in Underserved Communities

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today launched the Community testing in High-priority And Marginalized Populations (CHAMP) Initiative to increase access to no-cost COVID-19 testing for African American, LatinX/Hispanic and American Indian communities that currently have limited testing sites.

NCDHHS Reports Highest One-Day Increase of COVID-19 Positive Tests

Friday, July 3, 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 2,099 cases reported.
 

NCDHHS Launches New Social Media Campaign as Part of Larger Effort to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Thursday, July 2, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is launching a new social media marketing campaign as part of a larger public outreach campaign designed to reach historically marginalized populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

NCDHHS Launches Testing Initiative for Nursing Homes

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

NCDHHS will partner with Omnicare, a CVS Health company, to make facility-wide testing available to residents and staff in all North Carolina skilled nursing facilities. There are over 400 nursing homes in the state with approximately 36,000 residents and more than 30,000 staff. Testing will begin in July and continue through August.

NCDHHS Expands County Data; Reports COVID-19 Clusters at Schools, Child Care Settings

Friday, June 26, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has expanded the COVID-19 Dashboard to include expanded county data on trends, demographics and testing.