Press Releases

Food and Nutrition Services Recipients to Receive Temporary 15% Increase in Benefits

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced that Food and Nutrition Services recipients will see a temporary increase in the amount of benefits they receive. This increase is part of the federal Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020.

NCDHHS Reports New Record Highs on COVID-19 Key Metrics to Start 2021

Saturday, January 2, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting new records for COVID-19 key metrics for Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, 2021.

NCDHHS Shares Updated Rollout Plan for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced it had updated its vaccination plan to align with new federal recommendations issued last week. The changes simplify the vaccine process and continue the state’s commitment to first protect health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19, people who are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying, and those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19.

North Carolinians Can Apply Online for Help with Energy Costs Beginning Monday

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced beginning Jan. 4, households can apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) and the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) online at www.epass.nc.gov.

NCDHHS Announces New Partnership with NCCU to Enhance COVID-19 Outreach Efforts Among Underserved Communities

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services  is partnering with the North Carolina Central University’s Advanced Center for COVID-19 Related Disparities (NCCU ACCORD) to ensure comprehensive COVID-19 information is effective in reaching underserved communities in North Carolina. The partnership aims to help everyone make informed decisions about COVID-19 vaccines.

NCDHHS and Local Health Departments Expanding Contact Methods to Reach People with COVID-19

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

To notify people as quickly as possible if they have tested positive for or been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) in cooperation with Local Health Departments, is expanding how it contacts people. Starting this week, all residents who have provided cell phone or email addresses will receive an automatic text or email message to connect people to follow-up resources and supports.

NCDHHS to Expand Reach Out and Read to All North Carolina Counties Through New Medicaid Initiative

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently received approval to use federal matching funds to expand services for the evidence-based early childhood program, Reach Out and Read.

NCDHHS Adds Vaccination Data to COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today added data on people vaccinated to the NC COVID-19 Dashboard. Data will be provided for the total number of people statewide and by county of residence who have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Data for people who have received the second dose of the vaccine will be added in January.

NCDHHS Reports Highest One-Day Increase of COVID-19 Positive Tests; More than 8,000 Cases Reported

Friday, December 18, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s highest one-day number of COVID-19 cases with 8,444 new cases reported today, doubling a record day reported just one month ago on Nov. 19 when the state reported 4,296 new cases.

NCDHHS Selects 17 School Districts, 11 Charter Schools Across the State to Participate in COVID-19 Testing Pilot Program

Thursday, December 17, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has selected 17 school districts and 11 charter schools to participate in a pilot program to deploy COVID-19 rapid testing in K-12 public schools where any in-person instruction is happening.