North Carolina State Resources & Information in Response to COVID-19 

Last Update: 9/24/20

The state's clearinghouse of information is through the Department of Health & Human Services. Click here for the for the latest updates on COVID-19 in North Carolina.   

North Carolina COVID-19 Dashboard Updated daily at 12:00 p.m. 

View all COVID-19 Executive Orders.                                                                               Watch COVID-19 Videos from Governor Cooper and NCDHHS

  • July 31: North Carolina counties this week received an additional $150 million in COVID-19 relief 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. 

  • July 31: The N.C. Department of Public Instruction has been awarded a $17.6 million federal grant to develop innovative instructional approaches to better meet student needs during disruptions to schooling, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
  • June 19: Yesterday, June 18, marked another high day of new confirmed COVID-19 cases with more than 1,300 reported. The percent of positive tests remains elevated at 9% and statewide hospitalizations increased to a new high of 857.

  • June 19: Face coverings while in public, social distancing and washing hands for at least 20 seconds remain strong proven methods to help slow the spread of the virus, and they are low-cost, low-tech ways to protect each other and communities without hurting the economy. “Until we have a vaccine for COVID-19, we need to learn to live with this virus and we need to rely on the tools we have right now to slow the spread of the virus,” Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said. “That starts with the 3Ws: wear, wait and wash.”

  • June 19: COVID-19 testing is underway on all offenders in North Carolina’s prison system, according to Commissioner of Prisons Todd Ishee.

  • June 16: The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is increasing testing and tracing in nine counties with some of the highest rates of new COVID-19 cases: Alamance, Duplin, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Johnston, Lee, Mecklenburg and Wake.

  • June 16: The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced the state’s Community Action Agencies have started to receive flexible funds that can be used to help low-income individuals and families meet a variety of needs caused by the economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 13: June 12 marked North Carolina’s highest day of new COVID-19 cases, indicating the virus is still spreading, that more people need hospital care and that the everyone needs to continue taking it seriously. “Everyone should remember that North Carolina is still under a “Safer At Home” recommendation,” Gov. Roy Cooper said. “Just because we can leave home doesn’t mean we always should.”
  • May 10: Remember the three Ws if you must leave home: wear a face covering; wait 6 feet apart from others; and wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds.

  • May 9: Beginning Saturday, May 9, 29 state parks will begin a phased reopening that includes most roads, trails, boat ramps and restrooms. Campgrounds, picnic shelters, swim areas, playgrounds, visitor centers and other common gathering areas, however, will remain closed.

  • May 9: Joined by leaders of the N.C. General Assembly, Gov. Cooper, on May 4, signed two COVID-19 relief bills providing more than $1.5 billion in in emergency funding. View Senate Bill 704 and House Bill 1043.

  • May 6: Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 138 to modify North Carolina’s Stay At Home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 8 at 5:00 p.m. (FAQs Guidance). 
  • April 28: The Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative is hiring and training staff to support contact tracing efforts as part of Governor Cooper’s initiative to stay ahead of the curve. Learn more

  • April 25: Governor Cooper and state education leaders announced that remote learning will continue through end of the 2019-20 school year.

  • April 25: Governor Cooper shared a three-phased approach, based on data, to lift restrictions. View the plan.

  • April 24: Governor Cooper has also released North Carolina’s plan to lift restrictions based on virus trends.  

  • April 23: The statewide Stay at Home Order has been extended through May 8. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned and everyone should stay at least six feet apart. Stay at Home press release (EnglishSpanish), FAQs (EnglishSpanish)

  • April 17: In sharing a path for easing certain COVID-19 restrictions, Governor Cooper says more progress is needed in testing, tracing and trends.

  • April 13: Executive Order 131 sets policies for retail stores, enforces mandatory rules at nursing homes and expedites issuing unemployment benefits. (FAQs).

  • April 3: Utilities prohibited from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during the pandemic. (FAQs).

  • April 3: A statewide Stay at Home Order is in effect and directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member or friend. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned and everyone should stay at least six feet apart from others. Press release (EnglishSpanish), FAQs (English, Spanish).

  • April 3: K-12 public schools statewide closed until May 15. (Guidance).

  • April 1: Governor Cooper signs Executive Order 124 on March 31 prohibiting utilities, including electric, gas, water and wastewater services - from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic. To learn more, read the FAQs.

  • March 31: Governor Cooper signs Executive Order 122 on March 30 to get equipment to health care workers, schools and local governments.

  • March 27: Governor Roy Cooper issues Executive Order 121, a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020. The Executive Order directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. Read the press release and the FAQs.

  • March 25: Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen urge North Carolinians to stay at home if they can and maximize social distancing. People who feel sick and have mild symptoms, should stay home and call their doctor. Businesses are encouraged to get social distancing, telework plans in place immediately. Read more

  • March 25: NC reports first COVID-19 deaths.

  • March 23: Executive Order 120 closes K-12 public school statewide through May 15, bans mass gatherings over 50 people, closes some businesses.

  • March 23: NCDHHS asks for health care volunteers to assist with COVID-19. 
  • March 21: Executive Order 119 waives restrictions on child care and elder care, provides DMV flexibilities.

  • March 19: U.S. Small Business Administration granted request for a disaster declaration for small businesses suffering economic losses due to COVID-19.

  • March 17: Executive Order closes restaurants and bars for dine-in service, makes unemployment benefits more widely available. More.

  • March 16: NCDHHS recommends no mass gatherings for more than 50 people.

  • March 14: Executive Order closes K-12 public school statewide. Read the FAQs.

North Carolina FAQs Regarding COVID-19

All North Carolinians can prepare for COVID-19 by getting the latest information directly from reliable sources. 

If you have specific questions or concerns related to coronavirus, call 866-462-3821 for more information. 

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