RALEIGH — In North Carolina and nationally, emergency allotments for COVID-19 in the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program will end in March 2023. Households that have been receiving extra FNS benefits (called "emergency allotments") each month since March 2020 or after will see a reduction in benefits because of a federal change that ends emergency allotments for all states.
Following approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Wake County Public Health is preparing to offer updated COVID-19 boosters for use in children 6 months and older. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna bivalent vaccine shipments have arrived. Wake County plans to begin allowing parents to schedule their children’s booster appointments on the morning of Friday, Dec. 16.
Vaccines will be available in all 100 counties. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of 5 and to ensure that families across the state have the information they need to access the vaccines they need. immunizations for their young children. Children are vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, just like everyone else.
"Too early to let our guard down," warns the PAHO Director on the two-year anniversary of the pandemic. As COVID-19 deaths exceed 2.6 million in the Americas and restrictions are lifted, countries must prepare to respond quickly to new variants or outbreaks.
After months of careful tracking of COVID-19 metrics, Wake County government will lift its mask mandate, which has been joined by the city of Raleigh and the cities of Garner, Knightdale, Rolesville and Zebulon. These mandates will be removed as of 5 p.m. on Friday, February 25. Morrisville city leaders are currently consulting with their board of directors about withdrawing his mandate as well. The cities of Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Wake Forest, and Wendell no longer had mask mandates in place.
NCDHHS Updates StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit to Focus on Most Effective Strategies to Keep Students in the Classroom; Recommends that students be excluded from school only when they are sick or test positive for COVID-19
Knowing when to increase or decrease measures that slow the spread of the virus depends on North Carolina’s testing, tracing and trends. This dashboard provides an overview of the metrics and capabilities that the state tracks.
Governor Roy Cooper today announced a policy extension allowing state employees to use volunteer days to help combat staffing shortages in K-12 school districts across the state due to COVID-19. The extension, through April 15, provides an additional 24 hours of Community Service Leave for state employees with supervisor approval to work in North Carolina schools as substitute teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria staff and others. necessary functions, in addition to the standard 24 hours of voluntary leave provided annually.
Raleigh Feb 8, 2022
With tax season quickly approaching, North Carolina families are encouraged to file their federal income taxes to ensure they access their full, expanded Child Tax Credit, as well as other federal benefits. Many families received about...
COVID-19 self-tests are those you can do yourself at home or anywhere else. These tests are also sometimes called "home tests" or "over-the-counter tests." Self-tests offer fast results. Self-testing is one of many options for detecting the virus that causes COVID-19 and can be more convenient than laboratory tests and point-of-care tests.
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the first pediatric flu-related death for the 2023-2024 flu season. A child in the western part of the state recently died from complications associated with influenza infection. To protect the family’s privacy, additional information will not be released.