Press Releases

NCDHHS to Provide Automatic Payment to Thousands of Seniors and People with Disabilities to Help with Winter Heating Bills

Monday, November 30, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced it will issue an automated payment to thousands of eligible households to help with winter heating expenses via the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. The automated payment will be issued beginning Dec. 1 and is designed to help eligible seniors and people with disabilities access winter heating assistance in a safe and socially distanced manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCDHHS Releases Action Plan to Reduce Cancer Burden for North Carolinians

Friday, November 20, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released the NC Comprehensive Cancer Control Action Plan 2020-2025 to address the cancer challenges and issues that affect North Carolinians. The plan includes strategic actions to address disparities among historically marginalized and rural communities who experience a disproportionate burden of cancer disease, disability and death.

NCDHHS Further Expands Demographic Data for COVID-19 Cases

Friday, November 20, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today further expanded the demographic data for North Carolina COVID-19 cases on the NC COVID-19 Dashboard. Demographic data for COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and total deaths by week are available by age group, gender, race and ethnicity for the state. In addition, demographic data on deaths is available by county.

NCDHHS Reports Highest One-Day Increase of COVID-19 Positive Tests; More than 4,000 Cases Reported

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s highest one-day number of COVID-19 cases with 4,296 new cases reported. The record-high day follows several days of increasing trends in new cases, the percent of tests that are positive and hospitalizations. 

NCDHHS Joins Nationwide Observance of National Rural Health Day on Nov. 19

Monday, November 16, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Rural Health is proud to recognize the innovation, quality of care and dedication of health professionals and volunteers in communities during National Rural Health Day 2020.

North Carolina Joins CDC Efforts for Comprehensive Suicide Prevention and Better Surveillance of Nonfatal Firearm Injuries in Emergency Rooms

Monday, November 16, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced it has received $870,000 per year over the next five years for suicide prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program is the first to take a comprehensive public health approach which addresses data-informed family, community and societal issues that contribute to suicide.

NC Medicaid Issues Request for Applications for Medicaid Managed Care Behavioral Health and I/DD Tailored Plans

Friday, November 13, 2020

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued a Request for Applications for Behavioral Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disability (I/DD) Tailored Plans as part of North Carolina’s transition to Medicaid Managed Care.

NCDHHS Expands Demographic Data for COVID-19 Cases

Friday, November 13, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today expanded the demographic data for NC COVID-19 cases and added new filtering functions to the NC COVID-19 Dashboard. Demographic data for COVID-19 total cases are available by age group, gender, race and ethnicity and can be filtered by county. The information will be displayed on a new Case Demographics Page on the dashboard.

North Carolina Rural Communities Seeing Rapid Growth in COVID-19 Cases

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Since September, new COVID-19 cases have been increasing faster in rural counties, according to a new report by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

NCDHHS Reports Highest One-Day Increase of COVID-19 Positive Tests; More than 3,000 Cases Reported

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s highest one day number of COVID-19 cases with 3,119 cases reported. Other key metrics also increased with hospitalizations at 1,246 and the percent of tests that were positive climbing to 7.9 percent.