Press Releases

North Carolina to Offer Pre-Holiday, No-Cost COVID-19 Testing in Partnership With New Retailers

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will offer more than 300 no-cost, walk-up or drive through COVID-19 testing events over the next two weeks to help North Carolinians protect themselves and their loved ones during the holidays. This includes testing in partnership with new retailers in seven counties across the state.

Food and Nutrition Services Participants Can Now Use Benefits for Online Purchases at ALDI

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Starting today, North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services participants will be able to purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards at an additional authorized online EBT retailer, ALDI. 

NCDHHS Releases Statement on Increasing COVID-19 Cases

Friday, December 11, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released the following statement from NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.

Having more than 7,500 cases is staggering and alarming. We are now seeing the impact of Thanksgiving gatherings. Do not wait until it is you or your loved one sick or alone in the hospital or you are facing the loss of a loved one to wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash your hands often. Act now. Please ask yourself what you can do to help slow the spread of this virus and save lives.

NCDHHS Offers Simple Tips to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning During the Winter Holidays

Friday, December 11, 2020

As North Carolinians prepare for the cold winter holidays, officials with the North Carolina Division of Public Health caution people not to use gasoline-powered generators or tools, outdoor grills and camp stoves in enclosed spaces. These devices should be used outside only and at least 20 feet away from windows, doors and air vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

NCDHHS Encourages Flu Vaccine During Flu Vaccination Week

Friday, December 11, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging all North Carolinians who have not done so already to get vaccinated against the flu. Flu Vaccination Week, observed nationally and in North Carolina Dec. 6-12, serves as a reminder that it is never too late to get vaccinated and help protect yourself and others from this dangerous, sometimes deadly virus.

No-Cost Testing Event Dec. 12 in Durham

Thursday, December 10, 2020

A no-cost COVID-19 testing and food distribution event is being held Dec. 12 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Global Scholars Academy located at 311 Dowd St. in Durham.

NCDHHS Releases Statement on Increasing COVID-19 Cases

Saturday, December 5, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released the following statement from NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.

NCDHHS Reports Increase in Hepatitis A Outbreak, Urges Vaccination

Friday, December 4, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is urging people to get vaccinated against hepatitis A. The department is reporting a sharp increase in the virus associated with an ongoing outbreak that began in April 2018.

NCDHHS Announces Applications Open for Pilot Program of COVID-19 Rapid Testing in K-12 Public Schools

Friday, December 4, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is launching a pilot program to deploy COVID-19 testing in K-12 public schools to quickly identify students and staff who may have the virus to help slow its spread. 

NC Medicaid Expands Website to Include New Resources for Medicaid Beneficiaries and Applicants

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced the launch of a new online portal for North Carolinians receiving or looking to apply for Medicaid. The portal provides Medicaid resources in an easy-to-use web platform and includes information about Medicaid Managed Care, set to launch July 1, 2021.