COVID-19 Updates

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Below are the latest updates from the state of North Carolina. For specific questions or concerns related to COVID-19, dial 211 or 888-892-1162. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to help North Carolinians protect themselves and their loved ones during the holidays.

Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

  • Gov. Roy Cooper, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen and Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks imploring them to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in their communities by considering additional enforcement measures.

Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

  • North Carolina is now seeing the impact of Thanksgiving gatherings, North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen  More than 7,500 cases were reported, according to the .
  • Executive Order 181, the Modified Stay at Home Order, went into effect. It requires people to stay at home from 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Businesses including restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, personal care businesses, most retail stores and more, will be required to close by 10 p.m. In addition, all on-site alcohol consumption sales must end by 9 p.m. View frequently asked questions.
  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is  as part of Flu Vaccination Week.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020

  • North Carolina , that requires people to stay at home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Executive Order 181 also requires that restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, personal care businesses and other businesses to close at 10 pm. Travel to and from work; to obtain food, medical care, fuel or social services; or to take care of a family member is exempted. Read or view frequently asked questions about the order.
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020

  • North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen and urging people to "take responsibility for their actions and slowing the spread of this virus."

Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to quickly identify students and staff who might have the virus to help slow its spread. Public school districts, charter school networks or individual charter schools currently offering any in-person instruction – either Plan A or Plan B – are eligible to apply.

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020

Past Updates

November 2020

November 2020

Monday, Nov. 30, 2020

  • Baccarat tiềnThe N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to help thousands of eligible seniors and people with disabilities with winter heating bills.

Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

  • A new executive order that goes into effect Wednesday until Friday, Dec. 11, and requires large retail businesses to have an employee stationed near entrances to ensure masks are being worn.

Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

  • In response to the impact COVID-19 is having on schools and students, , a partnership to provide emergency relief to public schools by employing talented community members — including current college students and recent graduates experiencing financial strain or loss of employment — to provide wraparound services to K-12 students across the state.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services 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. 

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services the weekend of Nov. 20-22, including new locations in partnership with retailers to help North Carolinians protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities as they prepare for Thanksgiving. 

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020

  • Baccarat tiềnGov. Roy Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, to pinpoint North Carolina counties with the highest levels of viral spread and to offer specific recommendations to bring down the numbers. This system will help give local leaders another tool to understand how their county is faring and to make decisions about actions to slow viral spread. The map will be updated every four weeks. 

  • Baccarat tiềnNorth Carolina communities to help address food insecurity needs, Gov. Roy Cooper announced. 

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020

  • Ahead of the holidays, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is  to test students before they travel home or celebrate the holidays with people who live outside their household. NCDHHS is also working with local health departments in some counties to host community testing events near college and university campuses.

  • Baccarat tiềnNew COVID-19 cases by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. COVID-19-related deaths in rural counties have also increased significantly. 

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services 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%.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020

  • Baccarat tiềnEffective 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 until at least Dec. 4, North Carolina’s indoor mass gathering limit will be lowered to 10 people under Executive Order 176 in an effort to drive down North Carolina’s key COVID-19 metrics.  The order does not change the reduced capacity limits for certain businesses that have already been laid out.  View  about the executive order.

  • Baccarat tiềnGov. Roy Cooper announced that full-service restaurants may now apply for up to four months of rent or mortgage through the Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief Program. More information is available at the .

  • Baccarat tiềnThe N.C. Department of Revenue is  For those who filed a 2019 state return and reported a qualifying child or completed an application, payments will be mailed through Dec. 15.

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

  • Baccarat tiềnThe N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to help people gauge the risks, protect their friends and loved ones, and slow the spread of COVID-19.

October 2020

October 2020

Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

  • Four popular Latin American sports figures are as part of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' "Whatever Your Reason" campaign to encourage North Carolinians to wear face masks.
  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to request reimbursement for costs related to COVID-19 for people without insurance.

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020

  • Ahead of the holidays, the , reminding everyone that the decision to wear a mask is not about “who you know, or how well you know them."
  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services , strongly recommending alternative, instead of traditional activities as much as possible.
  • Gov. Roy Cooper has . Roughly 300,000 to 400,000 households across North Carolina are currently unable to pay rent. Without the executive order, nearly 250,000 eviction filings could be submitted by January 2021.
  • The remains available to assist people with rent or utility payments. More than 23,000 applications have been received since the program was announced on Oct. 15.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

  • North Carolina until at least 5 p.m. Nov. 13, as health officials continue to monitor North Carolina’s viral trends. North Carolina has seen increased hospitalizations and trajectory of cases in recent weeks.
  • With North Carolina’s COVID-19 trends moving in the wrong direction, the N.C. Departments of Health and Human Services and Public Safety to slow the spread of the virus.
  • The state . 
  • N.C. Medicaid is through the end of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency, which goes through Jan. 21, 2021.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services . Data is provided by age, gender, race and ethnicity for patients who were newly admitted to the hospital and confirmed or suspected to be positive for COVID-19 at the time of admission.
  • Growing evidence shows that cloth face coverings or masks, when worn consistently, , especially among people who are not yet showing symptoms of the virus. Wearing a cloth mask in public settings is a simple but powerful action to slow the spread of this virus.

Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services  The department also reported 1,148 hospitalizations, the second highest number to date.
  • North Carolina  to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The plan reflects five principles to guide the planning for and distribution of one or more COVID-19 vaccines in the state:
     
    • All North Carolinians have equitable access to vaccines.
    • Vaccine planning and distribution is inclusive; actively engages state and local government, public and private partners; and draws upon the experience and expertise of leaders from historically marginalized populations.
    • Transparent, accurate and frequent public communications is essential to building trust.
    • Data is used to promote equity, track progress and guide decision-making.
    • Appropriate stewardship of resources and continuous evaluation and improvement drive successful implementation.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

  • Applications , which will assist eligible low- and- moderate-income renters experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • As early voting begins across the state, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services  during the voting process. ()

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020

  • Licensed facilities providing in-person child care from August to October  placed on child care to meet health and safety guidelines while serving fewer children.
  • Most North Carolina families with children . Those who filed a 2019 state tax return reporting a qualifying child will get the payment automatically. Those who did not file a state return might qualify if they apply before Oct. 15. 

Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services updated its COVID-19  and  to support faith leaders in slowing the spread of the virus. The toolkit is available in  and . It includes talking points, sample language for websites and newsletters, social media posts, flyers, information to host a community testing event and to request personal protective equipment and FAQs.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Administration affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Roy Cooper announced.
  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to address unmet health care needs of historically marginalized communities.
September 2020

September 2020

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

  • The N.C. Pandemic Recovery Office has distributed (to 75% of the $3.5 billion allocated by the N.C. General Assembly) to local governments, state agencies, nonprofits, hospitals, educational institutions and research organizations.
  • Since establishing telehealth flexibility policies in early March, North Carolina Medicaid has processed claims for more than 1.1 million telehealth and 350,000 telephonic visits during the COVID-19 pandemic, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced.

Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services that have gone 14 days without a COVID-19 case and in counties with a percent positive testing rate of 10% or less.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services , including positive COVID-19 cases and deaths diagnosed with an antigen test as well as the number of antigen tests completed daily.
  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services  to help families purchase food for children whose access to free and reduced-priced meals at school has been affected by remote learning this fall due to COVID-19. The program provides a benefit on an EBT card that can be used to buy food at authorized retailers, including most major grocery stores. Children are eligible if they had access to free or reduced-priced meals at school last year, their school district or charter school is eligible to provide free or reduce-priced meals at school this year, and their school district or charter school used remote learning for all students for at least five consecutive school days between Aug. 17 and Sept. 30.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to alert North Carolinians when they might have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Gov. Roy Cooper , such as rent, mortgage interests and utility bills.
  • Cooper also said that he , at 7% capacity with key safety precautions in place.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

  • Beginning Oct. 5,  which continues important safety measures, such as face coverings social distancing and symptom screening but does not require schools to reduce the number of children in the classroom. 
     

Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is  to help protect themselves, their families and those around them as the state enters flu season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020

  • Gov. Roy Cooper , a new partnership created to address internet connectivity gaps that are a barrier to remote learning for many North Carolina students. When school resumed in August, superintendents estimated that at least 100,000 students still lacked a reliable internet connection at home.
  • Gov. Cooper and Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen .. The governor and Dr. Birx also participated together in the call with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and the governor spoke about the need for elected leaders and candidates to lead by example on the campaign trail this fall by holding events with face coverings and social distancing.

Friday, Sept. 4, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020

  • The N.C. Division of Employment Security to eligible North Carolinians. Find out more about
  • North Carolinians across the state are sharing their personal reasons for wearing a face mask to help fight COVID-19 Learn more:
     

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse Medicaid providers for costs associated with COVID-19 testing of people without insurance.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020

  • Gov. Roy Cooper beginning 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. (View FAQs.) Under :
     
    • Mass gatherings will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. 
    • Playgrounds will be allowed to open. 
    • Museums and aquariums may open at 50% capacity. 
    • Gyms and other indoor exercise facilities may open at 30% capacity. 
    • The age requirement for mask wearing will include children down to age 5. 
    • Capacity limits at restaurants and personal care businesses, such as hair and nail salons, will stay the same. 
    • Some places will remain closed, including bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment and amusement parks. Large venues will still be subject to the mass gathering limits. 
August 2020

August 2020

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

  • Gov. Roy Cooper that outlines how to use North Carolina's remaining $900 million in federal coronavirus funding and make responsible investments in the state's future.
  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services – average turnaround time for COVID-19 testing that shows the average daily turnaround time based on data from all laboratories that report electronically to NCDHHS.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020

  • Gov. Roy Cooper . Information about how to apply will be available once the programs have launched in the coming weeks.
  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services  for organizations seeking to host community testing events. The comprehensive toolkit comes in response to widespread interest among North Carolina organizations, such as community-based organizations, churches and nonprofits. The toolkit is available in  and .
  • NCDHHS  to regional organizations to administer its new . The program will support North Carolinians in 20 targeted counties who are asked to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 and need assistance such as food, relief payments or access to primary medical care.

Monday, Aug. 24, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, particularly for African-American, LatinX/Hispanic and American Indian communities that currently have limited testing sites.

Friday, Aug. 21, 2020

  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services , further emphasizing that colleges and universities must work to reduce risk of viral spread of COVID-19. both on and off campus. In compliance with existing executive orders, colleges and universities should be requiring and enforcing that students and staff wear cloth masks and limit on- and off-campus. The guidance also recommends limiting on-campus housing, closing communal dining settings and implementing procedures to isolate and quarantine cases appropriately.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020

  • Gov. Roy Cooper . The funding, made available partly by the COVID-19 Recovery Act,  is expected to connect 8,017 families and 254 businesses, farms and community institutions to high-speed internet.
  • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to continue surging COVID-19 testing capacity in North Carolina. The new sites will be located in Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Onslow, Orange and Randolph counties. NCDHHS selected locations for the additional testing sites based on epidemiological trends and reports from local health departments.

    Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020

    • Due to concern for the health and safety of its customers and staff, t.

    Monday, Aug. 17, 2020

    • Returning to school looks different this year. If your child is returning to in-person learning, know what to expect and how to prepare them and yourself. Read more in or in .
    • With schools opening in-person and remotely across the state under new health and safety procedures, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is to serve teachers, school personnel and their families. Hope4Healers can provide mental health and resilience supports, and is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. When teachers, school personnel or family members call the helpline, they will speak to someone who is trained to listen and offer support.

    Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020

    • The N.C. Department of Commerce , a new program to support businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19, until Sept. 1.

    Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020

    • Gov. Roy Cooper .  Executive Order 156 extends, but not waives, proof-of-immunization and health assessment documentation deadlines for students enrolled in public, private or religious educational institutions, including child care facilities, K-12 schools, colleges and universities.
    • Gov. Roy Cooper to North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger urging them to expand unemployment benefits for North Carolinians.
    • Gov. Roy Cooper to help support K-12 and post-secondary students most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic who can benefit from support during the upcoming school year. The funding is North Carolina’s share of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, a part of the federal CARES Act. 

    Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020

    • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans.
    • Families and caregivers in need of child care for children up to age 12 can to be connected directly to care options in their community that meet their families’ needs.
    • The N.C. Division of Emergency Management and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services . The program allows local jurisdictions, agencies and community organizations to receive expedited reimbursements from the Divison of Emergency Management for all eligible costs for non-congregate sheltering operations and associated wrap-around services.

    Friday, Aug. 7, 2020

    • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. NCDHHS also announced continued state funding for staff testing through November.
    • NCDHHS , who will be deployed in 50 targeted counties to connect North Carolinians affected by COVID-19 with needed services and support.

    Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

    • The state , 4.5 million procedure masks and significant amounts of additional personal protective equipment to targeted settings across the state. The ongoing shipments support operations including schools, nursing homes, first responders, agricultural facilities, child care facilities and courthouses.

    Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020

    • Gov. Roy Cooper for an additional five weeks until Friday, Sept. 11. “Other states that lifted restrictions quickly have had to go backward as their hospital capacity ran dangerously low and their cases jumped higher. We will not make that mistake in North Carolina.”
       

    Monday, Aug. 3, 2020

    • Due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isais, some are being canceled or hours are being changed. Please contact the testing site before arrival to ensure that the site is open.
    • The COVID-19 pandemic will add additional challenges and changes to the 2020 hurricane season, which runs until Nov. 30.
    July 2020

    July 2020

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

    • North Carolina counties this week to help pay for medical and public health needs as well as payroll expenses for public safety and health care employees and expenses to help protect public health.

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    • The U.S. Department of Education to develop innovative instructional approaches to better meet student needs during disruptions to schooling such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

    • A statewide curfew on the sale of alcohol at restaurants , requiring restaurants to stop selling alcoholic drinks after 11 p.m. Bars will remain closed.
       
    • Gov. Roy Cooper says his administration will soon announce a plan to use funding from the CARES Act to help people with their rent and utility bills.

    Monday, July 27, 2020

    • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the initiative to increase access to COVID-19 testing for African-American, LatinX/Hispanic and American Indian communities that currently have limited testing sites.

    Friday, July 24, 2020

    • Gov. Roy Cooper , returning regulatory authority for skilled-nursing facilities to the secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Under , current restrictions remain in place, as NCDHHS collaborates with industry and advocacy organizations, monitors progress and evaluates options to best protect the health and well-being of staff, residents and their loved ones.

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

    • Gov. Roy Cooper is , which expires July 25. Those who are owed FPUC for weeks ending April 4 through July 25 will be paid those benefits retroactively.
    • Gov. Roy Cooper, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen and officials representing Mexico and Guatemala , which has notably increased in these communities.

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

    • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' work to increase COVID-19 testing access, including its innovative universal testing strategy within skilled nursing facilities, in the Rockefeller Foundation’s newly released National COVID-19 Testing & Tracing Action Plan.
    • NCDHHS to North Carolina Cooperative Extension county centers across the state for distribution to farms and agricultural operations.

    Monday, July 20, 2020

    • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services that includes more granular information about hospital capacity and hospitalization trends, both regional and statewide This new data will provide additional insight into North Carolina’s hospital capacity in the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • NCDHHS has that currently have limited testing sites.
    • Gov. Roy Cooper asking for their continued support to address critical needs of the state.

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

    • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to help Spanish-speaking North Carolinians determine if they should be tested for COVID-19 and help monitor their symptoms if they have tested positive for or been exposed to COVID-19. ()

    Tuesday, July 14, 2020

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

    • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services – the highest one-day increase to date. Hospitalizations also set a record high at 1,093.

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

    • Thursday, July 9 marked the highest day of COVID-19 hospitalizations (1,034) in North Carolina and the second highest day of new cases (2,039) reported.
    • Gov. Roy Cooper to match North Carolina college students in need of work experience with local governments and nonprofits seeking help to support COVID-19 response efforts.
    • , and Gov. Cooper says a decision about how schools should be opened in the fall will be announced the week of July 12.
    • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is to work with local health departments and help connect North Carolinians to medical and social support resources.

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    • The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) took action to decrease barriers to COVID-19 testing by issuing a for COVID-19 diagnostic testing as well as a state health director temporary order on COVID-19 diagnostic test reporting. 
       
      • The statewide standing order allows testing sites to collect and submit samples to a laboratory for COVID-19 testing without requiring a specific order.
      • The order also authorizes testing sites to receive results directly from laboratories.
      • This will facilitate community-based testing sites and reduce barriers to testing, especially for members of historically marginalized populations who might be less likely to have a medical home.
    • NCDHHS to increase access to no-cost COVID-19 testing for African American, LatinX/Hispanic and American Indian communities that currently have limited testing sites. As many as 300 temporary testing sites will be deployed throughout July, including drive-through and walk-up sites.
    • NCDHHS joined the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration in . Learn more about ways you can .
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