NC Department of Health and Humans Services

Vaccinated students, teachers can shed masks, according to new federal guidance

BY: - July 9, 2021

Vaccinated students and teachers don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The CDC recommends, however, that students and drivers continue to wear masks on school buses. Social distancing of at least three feet and mask wearing in classrooms are recommended for unvaccinated students and staff […]

North Carolina has a plan to get COVID-19 vaccines to migrant farmworkers. Its success will be crucial to protecting workers’ health. 

BY: - March 4, 2021

This month, thousands of migrant workers will begin the hard work of planting, tending and harvesting crops in North Carolina farm fields. The state Department of Health and Human Services, farmworker health groups, employers, and medical clinics plan to make COVID-19 vaccines available to workers whose close living conditions make for the easy spread of the coronavirus.

N.C. tries to speed vaccine rollout as the federal government puts out new guidelines

BY: - January 13, 2021

North Carolina, which remains one of the slowest states in vaccinating people for COVID-19, is facing new federal recommendations on who should be among the first to get shots.   Questions about stumbling vaccine distribution consumed Raleigh on Tuesday: Two legislative health oversight committees spent more than two hours talking about vaccine distribution, and it was the major topic at Gov. Roy Cooper’s news conference.

Social distancing policies might need extended past April to ensure hospital bed supply

BY: - April 6, 2020

If North Carolina’s social distancing policies end this month as scheduled, there is a 50% chance that hospitals statewide could not handle the number of patients infected with COVID-19. That is the conclusion of statistical modeling conducted by university and government researchers and released today. “To save lives we need to make sure we flatten […]