Press Releases

North Carolina’s Infant Death Rate Reaches Record Low

Monday, October 21, 2019

Governor Roy Cooper today noted that North Carolina’s infant deaths in 2018 reached their lowest rate in the 31 years they have been tracked, decreasing for a third straight year to 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births down 4.2 percent from the previous year’s rate of 7.1 per 1000 live births.

New Case of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Public health officials are reporting a case of Legionnaires’ disease in a person who did not attend the Mountain State Fair but was present at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center (WNC Ag Center) after the fair ended. 

NCCARE360 Announces 1,000th Referral

Thursday, October 17, 2019

NCCARE360, the state’s first coordinated care network that knits together health care, human services and community-based organizations to deliver person-centered care, is proud to announce its 1,000th referral.

NCDHHS Officials Advise North Carolinians to Get Vaccinated as Flu Season Begins

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging North Carolina residents to protect themselves, their families and other people around them by getting vaccinated against Influenza as the state enters flu season.

NC Medicaid Managed Care Open Enrollment Begins Statewide

Monday, October 14, 2019

Open enrollment for Medicaid Managed Care begins statewide today. Most people who receive Medicaid can choose a health plan and primary care provider to deliver their Medicaid services as part of the state’s transformation to managed care. Today’s announcement expands open enrollment from the initial 27 counties that launched mid-July to all 100 counties and an additional 860,000 people. Open enrollment ends for everyone on Dec. 13, 2019, and coverage is scheduled to begin Feb. 1, 2020.

Health Officials Warn Residents of Exposure to Measles

Friday, October 11, 2019

RALEIGH — The Guilford County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are alerting residents of a potential exposure to measles in the Greensboro area. A patient with laboratory-confirmed measles traveled through Guilford County Oct. 2–3 while infectious. 

NCDHHS Releases New Information on the Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak in WNC

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health today released an interim report and FAQ related to the investigation into the Legionnaire’s disease outbreak associated with the NC Mountain State Fair.

Carolina Complete Health Awarded Additional Region in Medicaid Managed Care

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has expanded the regions awarded to Carolina Complete Health Inc. to serve as a prepaid health plan under the state’s transition to Medicaid managed care. In addition to serving regions 3 and 5 in the state, the provider-led health plan will also serve region 4.

Health Officials Share Early Findings in Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Investigation in WNC

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is sharing early findings from an ongoing investigation to determine how people were exposed to Legionella bacteria at the NC Mountain State Fair, which took place Sept. 6–15, 2019 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC. As of Oct. 2, 2019, 124 cases of Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever (a milder form of infection) had been reported in people who attended or worked at the fair. 

Mecklenburg EMS Team Judged North Carolina's Best for 2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019

A team from Mecklenburg Emergency Medical Services Agency took top honors in the 29th Annual Paramedic Competition, held Sunday in Greensboro during the North Carolina EMS Expo, a conference that brings together North Carolina paramedics, emergency medical technicians and county emergency services directors.