• Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 14

    Daylight Savings Time

    Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 14th at 2 a.m. Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday evening (Spring Forward), and remember to check the batteries in your home smoke detectors. A bill for Georgia to stay in Daylight Savings Time Recently passed by House with a […]

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  • Food and Nutrition Services Participants Can Now Use Benefits for Online Purchases From Food Lion Through Instacart

    Food Lion

    RALEIGH — North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) participants can purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards through Instacart.com or the Instacart mobile app, providing access to an additional authorized online EBT retailer, Food Lion. This flexibility will allow participants to buy food while promoting social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will help families with […]

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  • Governor Cooper Will Extend Evictions Moratorium

    Evictions Moratorium

    RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper announced that he plans to extend the state’s evictions moratorium on residential evictions for non-payment of rent through at least January 31, 2021. “This holiday season, too many families are struggling to pay rent as the pandemic surges,” said Governor Cooper. “As the first of the month approaches and rent becomes […]

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  • Governor Cooper Announces $35 Million to Support Child Care Programs

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    RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper announced that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is providing $35 million in operational grants from federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to help child care programs providing in-person child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. From April through July, NCDHHS has provided over $80 million in monthly operational grants […]

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  • COVID-19 case numbers for Swain County

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    SWAIN COUNTY, N.C. – As part of the effort to keep the county informed, Swain County Health Department (SCHD) issues updates Monday to Friday about the status of COVID-19. The following information is from the September 21st update. There are currently 142 laboratory-verified cases in Swain County and 48 tests with results pending. There are […]

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  • North Carolina rural educators get support for remote learning

    North Carolina Rural Educators

    RALEIGH: More than 1,300 educators from rural North Carolina participated in a virtual conference focused on remote learning to help them be better prepared to teach throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Cooper opened the REAL(Remote Education and Leadership) Conference and gave the welcoming remarks via a video message. “When we had to close schools for in […]

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  • NC launches isolation supports programs for Covid-19

    Isolation Supports Community Action Agencies

    RALEIGH: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a Request for Applications (RFA) for regional partner organizations to administer an innovative new program to support individuals in targeted counties who need supports like food and transportation to successfully quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19. “When people are asked by a health […]

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  • NCDHHS announces $26M to assist families facing economic hardships

    Isolation Supports Community Action Agencies

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced that the state’s Community Action Agencies (CAAs) have begun 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. These funds are part of […]

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  • Cooper issues executive order to combat COVID-19 impact in color communities

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    RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 143 to addresses the social, environmental, economic, and health disparities in communities of color that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Order directs state agencies and offices to provide targeted measures to help communities of color that have been affected by the pandemic. “COVID-19 is shining a light on disparities […]

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  • DHHS shares health guidance to re-open public schools

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    RALEIGH: New health guidelines released Monday represent a first step to help North Carolina K-12 public schools find a safe way to open to in-person instruction for the 2020-21 academic year, health and education leaders announced Monday. The StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12) lays out a comprehensive set of baseline health practices that public schools should follow to […]

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  • Final decision notice signed for Buck Project on Nantahala National Forest

    Buck Project

    Murphy, NC, May 22, 2020 – The U.S. Forest Service signed the final decision notice for the Buck Project on the Nantahala National Forest’s Tusquitee Ranger District in eastern Clay County. When the draft decision was released in August, 2019, three objections were received. An objections resolution meeting was held in November, 2019. The final […]

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  • NCDHHS expands measures to prevent COVID-19 in long-term care facilities

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    RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is taking further action to prevent and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities. All long-term care facilities in the state will receive personal protective equipment (PPE) packs of needed supplies, and facilities will receive a limited increased rate for some Medicaid […]

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  • NCDHHS reports 9,115 COVID-19 patients are presumed recovered

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    RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) estimates that as of May 11, 9,115 North Carolinians with COVID-19 are likely to have recovered from their symptoms. This data along with information about how it is calculated is posted on the COVID-19 Dashboard and will be updated weekly. To calculate this […]

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  • Governor Cooper proclaims May Mental Health Month

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    RALEIGH, N.C.  – Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month in North Carolina. Nationally this month is used to reduce the stigma regarding mental health and encourage individuals to seek the medical help they may need. “This pandemic has put a spotlight on the need for more attention to mental health. Taking […]

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  • Pisgah National Forest to begin reopening trails and roads

    Pisgah

    The Pisgah National Forest will begin to reopen many trails and roads and partially lift restrictions for dispersed camping May 14, using a site-by-site approach, including assessment of facility cleanliness, maintenance status, and health and safety of recreation areas. Facilities and services may remain limited at some sites. Popular recreation areas that will reopen include, […]

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