Press Releases

NCDHHS Reports First COVID-19 Pediatric Death in North Carolina

Friday, June 5, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the first COVID-19-associated pediatric death in North Carolina. A child in the central part of the state died June 1 from complications associated with COVID-19 infection. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information regarding this child will be released.

NCDHHS Launches Testing and Contact Tracing Resources to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) launches new initiatives to expand COVID-19 testing and contact tracing across the state and help North Carolinians protect their families and neighbors.

NCDHHS Extends Deadline for Questions for Request for Qualifications to Expand Testing and Contact Tracing for COVID-19

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

NCDHHS is extending the deadline for questions for its Request for Qualifications (RFQ) that seeks to create a pool of qualified vendors to support the response to COVID-19. Vendors may now submit questions in writing until 2 p.m. on June 4, 2020. 

Hurricane Preparedness: Simple Tips to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning During and After a Hurricane

Monday, June 1, 2020

As North Carolinians prepare for hurricane season, officials with the North Carolina Division of Public Health caution you not to use gasoline-powered generators or tools, outdoor grills, and camp stoves in enclosed spaces.

NCDHHS Issues Request for Qualifications to Expand Testing and Contact Tracing for COVID-19

Monday, June 1, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking to create a pool of qualified vendors to support the response to COVID-19. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued on May 29 for diagnostic and antibody testing including specimen collection and laboratory processing, reserving potential laboratory capacity and contact tracing.

NCDHHS Urges Congress to Extend P-EBT

Friday, May 29, 2020

NCDHHS is requesting Congressional support to extend the Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to provide food for children beyond the traditional school calendar year.

NCDHHS Launches Campaign to Reach Historically Marginalized Populations about COVID-19

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

NCDHHS is using radio and video messages to reach historically marginalized populations to share important messages about reducing risks for COVID-19. The messages are part of the Department’s focus during the COVID-19 response to address the underlying causes of long-standing health disparities impacting communities of color across North Carolina.

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

Saturday, May 23, 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 1,107 cases reported.    “This is a notable and concerning increase. As we head into a holiday weekend, please practice the three Ws – wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. When it comes to our health, we need to work together to protect our families, friends and neighbors,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen.   

NCDHHS Provides One-Time Payment to Families with Children in Work First Cash Assistance Program

Friday, May 22, 2020

NCDHHS began distributing a one-time supplemental payment to families enrolled in the Work First Cash Assistance program with one or more children. These payments are intended to help vulnerable families during the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NCDHHS Announces First Reported Case of MIS-C in North Carolina

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting its first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19.