Updated as of April 24, 2020

April 23rd, Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 135 Extending the Stay at Home Order and Orders limiting mass gatherings, requiring social distancing, requiring social distancing, and restricting visitation at Long-Term Care Facilities. Executive Order 135 can be viewed in its entirety at: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO135-Extensions.pdf

The "Stay at Home" Order has been extended until May 15th. Governor Cooper has presented the below "Phased Reopening" Plan:

Phase 1 - (Implemented based on Testing and Data Information)

  • Stay At Home order remains in place, people can leave home for commercial activity.
  • Those retailers and services will need to implement social distancing, cleaning and other protocols.
  • Gatherings limited to no more than 10 people.
  • Parks can open subject to gathering limits.
  • Face coverings recommended in public.
  • Restrictions remain in place for nursing homes and other congregate living settings.
  • Encourage Continued teleworking.

Phase 2 - Implemented based on Testing and Data Information at least 2-3 weeks after Phase 1)

  • Lift Stay at Home order with strong encouragement for vulnerable populations to continue staying at home.
  • Allow limited opening of restaurants, bars and other businesses that can follow strict safety protocols (reduced capacity).
  • Allow gathering at houses of worship and entertainment venues at reduced capacity.
  • Increase in number of people allowed at gatherings.
  • Open public playgrounds.
  • Continue restrictions on nursing homes and congregate care settings.

Phase 3 - (Implemented based on Testing and Data Information at least 4-6 weeks after Phase 2)

  • Lessen restrictions for vulnerable populations with encouragement tocontinue practicing physicaldistancing.
  • Allow increased capacity at restaurants, bars, other businesses, houses of worship and entertainment venues.
  • Further increase the number of people allowed at gatherings.
  • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and congregant care settings.

Testing, tracing and trends must move in the right direction for each of these phases to move forward. If there is a spike in infections, tightening of restrictions may be needed temporarily.


April 21st, The Department of Health and Human Services announced $955 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living to help meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities. This funding is part of the CARES Act.

  • The grants will fund home-delivered meals, care services in the home, respite care and other support to families and caregivers, and other support services.
  • Older adults who need assistance can contact the Eldercare Locator to find services available in their community. The Eldercare Locator can be reached at 1-800-677-1116 or https://eldercare.acl.gov/.
  • People with disabilities can locate their local Center for Independent Living at https://www.ilru.org/projects/cil-net/cil-center-and-association-directory. In addition, the Eldercare Locator can help people with disabilities find their local Aging and Disability Resource Center.

The State has launched a new COVID-19 web portal at nc.gov/covid19 in an effort to gather all the COVID-19 related information from a wide range of State agencies. The existing DHHS site at ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus will remain, and its content is accessible from the new site, but the new site will become the place to go for COVID-19 information from across State government, including public health, unemployment, parks, courts, state offices and more.

To find local meal distribution sites serving children across North Carolina, text "FOODNC to 877-877." For the Spanish-language version users should text "COMIDA to 877-777."

If you have lost or can not longer afford your health insurance, or even if you are trying to purchase health insurance for the first time, you have options to make sure that you and your family have access to care. https://files.nc.gov/ncdhhs/Health Insurance Options.pdf 

NC Department of Agriculture has established a COVID-19 Agriculture Hotline: 1-866-747-9823. The Hotline is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Closed for Friday, April 10th (Good Friday). COVID-19 questions regarding agriculture can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Essential Worker emergency child care financial assistance will be offered through May and may be extended. To receive an emergency care subsidy, parents must complete the COVID-19 Parent Application for Financial Assistance for Emergency Child Care and submit it to their child care provider. Child care teachers and staff that work in programs serving essential workers will see bonuses in their pay in April and May. Essential workers needing assistance should call (888) 600-1685 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday if they wish to inquire about this support. For more information about childcare during COVID-19 in North Carolina, visit https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/child-care.

Hope4Healers -- NC Licensed Therapists available to listen and provide free emotional support to NC Health Care Workers and/or their family members regarding being on the COVID-19 front lines. NC Hotline (919) 226-2002.

Call 211 or (888) 892-1162--24 hours a day, 7 days a week for COVID-19 NC Resources and Assistance. Text COVIDNC to 898211 to sign up for updates.

As of April 8th, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 130 to prepare for and address a forecasted surge of COVID-19 cases requiring inpatient hospitalization in facilities across North Carolina in the coming days. Click here to view full Executive Order 130.

As of April 4th, 2020, CDC now recommends the use of cloth face coverings in community settings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Executive Order 124-Utilities, Evictions and Financial Services

Executive Order 121 - Stay At Home Order, March 27, 2020

Facts & Questions Regarding Executive Order 121

On March 10, 2020, Governor Cooper took the next step in the state's COVID-19 preparedness place and issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) shared several recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of people infected. These recommendations are intended to help slow the spread of the virus and protect people at high risk of severe illness, which includes adults over 65 years, those with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, or weakened immune systems.


Governor Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, a presumptive positive case of disease 2019 (COVID-19). The announcement represents an isolated case, and COVID-19 is currently not widespread in North Carolina.


All North Carolinians are encouraged to visit www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus for reliable, up-to-date information. This trusted website is updated regularly.


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