Press Release

Press Release

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will be expanding access to COVID-19 rapid testing in K-12 public schools to protect students, teachers and staff from COVID-19. When schools implement testing combined with the state’s strong mitigation strategies, they can detect new cases to prevent outbreaks and reduce the risk of further transmission.

RALEIGH — The State Board of Elections on Thursday received a 2020 Clearinghouse Award for Best Practices in Recruiting, Retaining and Training Poll Workers. The State Board won the national award for its Democracy Heroes campaign, which recruited nearly 60,000 election workers across the state for the 2020 general election.

RALEIGH — New COVID-19 cases in North Carolina long-term care facilities have declined rapidly in the last several weeks. Case rates are down over 15-fold in skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes and other licensed facilities since the peak of transmission in January 2021. Given the rapid decline in new cases, most facilities currently meet criteria to resume indoor visitation while continuing to follow infection prevention recommendations. 

GREENVILLE, S.C. — With the announcement of another COVID-19 vaccine being approved by the Federal Drug Administration, The Blood Connection wants to make the public aware that receiving the vaccine does not affect blood donation eligibility. Donors who receive any of the approved COVID-19 vaccines can donate blood immediately, with no waiting period.

RALEIGH – North Carolina’s short line railroads now can receive grant funding for needed infrastructure improvements.

LAURINBURG — Scotland Regional Hospice is helping celebrate this year’s Social Work Month in March with the theme “Social Workers are Essential” to highlight the invaluable contributions social workers make in our society, especially as this nation addresses the coronavirus pandemic. 

RALEIGH — The board of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of North Carolina has set the 2021 boll weevil assessment at 75 cents per acre of cotton. The amount remains the same as in 2020. 

RALEIGH – The State Board of Elections invites public comment on a series of proposed rules related to the expiration of political parties, precinct observers, recounts and campaign finance.

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation needs volunteers to help clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep from April 10-24. 

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has begun mailing enrollment packets statewide and launched new resources for beneficiaries as it prepares for NC Medicaid Managed Care Open Enrollment which begins on Mar. 15, 2021. Beneficiaries can now call the NC Medicaid Enrollment Call Center to learn more about NC Medicaid Managed Care and can download a free beneficiary enrollment mobile app. 

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