NC DHHS COVID-19 Update: April 13, 2020
North Carolina COVID-19 Modeling Shows Social Distancing Necessary to Slow the Spread and Preserve Hospital Capacity to Save Lives
The composite model found that social distancing policies with effectiveness similar to those currently in place in North Carolina will help lower the likelihood of the healthcare system becoming overloaded with a spike of many COVID-19 patients all at the same time.
North Carolina Launches a Statewide COVID-19 Website
The state has launched a new website to serve as a portal for all COVID-19 across state government.
NCDHHS to Provide Financial Support to Essential Workers and Child Care Providers
We are providing financial assistance to help essential workers afford child care and bonuses to
child care teachers and staff who provide care during the COVID-19 crisis.
Tighter Social Distancing Restrictions in Place for Retail Stores
Governor Cooper issued stronger social distancing requirements. Executive Order No. 131 requires retail stores that are still operating to implement new social distancing policies to make shopping safer for customers and employees.
New Requirements for Nursing Homes
The Executive Order also makes COVID-19 guidelines mandatory for nursing facilities and recommends other long-term care facilities to do the same. The Order sets public health and safety requirements for nursing homes during the public health emergency. The Order encourages other long-term care facilities to follow the same guidance. Some of the directives include:
- Canceling communal activities, including group meals
- Taking the temperature of employees and essential personnel when they enter the facility
- Requiring specific personal protective equipment in the facility
- Requiring close monitoring of residents for COVID-19 health indicators like body temperature
Order also Streamlines Unemployment Insurance Claims
The Order makes it easier for employers to file a batch of claims, called an attached claim, on behalf of their employees. By temporarily eliminating some of the hurdles for employers,
benefits can get in the hands of those who need them faster.
New Mental Health Supports Available
- The Hope4NC Helpline is a mental health resource to support North Carolinians during #COVID19NC. Call 1-855-587-3463 for support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- The Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002) is also for health care workers experiencing stress.
FEMA Approves North Carolina Request to Stand Up Shelters That Follow Social Distance Guidelines
North Carolina has received approval from FEMA to provide housing alternatives, such as hotels, motels, and dormitories, for North Carolinians with unstable housing who may need to quarantine in response to or are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
New Emergency Flexibility Available to Expand Hospital Beds, Equipment and Personnel During the Pandemic
Governor Cooper took action to provide more access to health care beds and get more medical workers to respond to the rising demand due the COVID-19 pandemic. The Order temporarily
puts measures in place for licensing, Certificates of Need, and other regulations. The public health crisis needs to scale up services and staff and the Order gives the NC DHHS Secretary
the authority to do that during the emergency. Once the crisis has passed, the rules will be put back into place.
Videos Available in English and Spanish
We have videos on a range of topics – how to slow the spread, reducing risk, support and resources and more. Share them with your networks.
2-1-1 Has New Online Tool
NC 211 has launched a new online search tool allowing for easier search of resources. NC 211 has handled over 19,718 calls since activation on 18 March and more than 67,000 people have registered to receive COVID-19 text updates.
Online Search Tool