This page is updated frequently. Please scroll down for earlier updates and resources.

For up-to-the minute information, please visit NC DHHS Coronavirus Response page

Update for Thursday April 9, 2020

Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Infections

North Carolina is one of the few states reporting data about race, ethnicity, and gender in its updated Coronavirus tracker.

POLICY BRIEF: Communities of Color at Higher Risk for Health and Economic Challenges due to COVID-19, Kaiser Family Foundation

Charlotte Observer: High case count among black residents in Mecklenburg a ‘major problem,’ some leaders say
CNN: Why black Americans are at higher risk for coronavirus

New Resources

FACT SHEETS: Medicaid changes under COVID-19, a pair of new fact sheets for families and health care providers, from NC Child

BLOG: There is much state legislators can do to get North Carolina’s families safely through the COVID-19 crisis, NC Child

VIDEOS & FACT SHEETS (English & Spanish): Immigrant health care in times of emergency, NC Justice Center

COMMITTEE DOCUMENTS: Agendas, presentations, and bill drafts are posted weekly for each of the Working Groups of the NC House Select Committee on COVID-19. The Request for Public Comment is still open, and legislators are receiving frequent reports. Please let your legislators know how your community is faring, and what they can do.

PRESENTATION: COVID-19 Impacts on Child Care, NC Smart Start

PRESENTATION: COVID-19 Continuity of State Operations (including budget impacts), Office of State Management and Budget

Update for Tuesday April 7, 2020

New Resources

CORONAVIRUS DASHBOARD: Updated NC DHHS real-time case tracking now includes age, gender, race, and ethnicity. There are also data about outbreaks in congregate settings like group homes and jails.

TEMPLATES: Grab, Adapt, and Go: COVID-19 Resources for Child Care Programs, Child Care Aware

BLOG: The Child Care Sector Needs a Power-Building Strategy, Capital Social

Update for Friday April 3, 2020

WATCH: Video Update Call for Child Advocates (In English and Spanish)
Featuring a focus on recent changes to Unemployment Insurance in NC

Questions about Your Unemployment?
Reach out to the NC Division of Employment Security for advice, or get help from Legal Aid of NC.

Adam Sotak, NC Child Public Engagement Director
Ashley Perkinson, NC Child lobbyist
Alexandra Sirota, Executive Director of NC Budget & Tax Center

New Resources

FACT SHEET: Unemployment Compensation under the CARES Act, Bipartisan Policy Center

FACT SHEET: Know your rights: Your employment and COVID-19 (covering paid leave, unemployment insurance and safe workplaces), NC Justice Center

BLOG: A call for bold, compassionate leadership, NC Child

Update for Thursday April 2, 2020

Recent Advocacy

NC Child and partner organizations have submitted the comments below to state and federal officials regarding recommended response to COVID-19:

New Resources

GUIDANCE: Supplemental Guidance for Child Care Centers that Remain Open, US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

ARTICLE: Paying for Medicaid — State Budgets and the Case for Expansion in the Time of Coronavirus, New England Journal of Medicine

OVERVIEW: Details on Child Care Relief in the Federal COVID-19 Stimulus Package, First Five Years Fund

NC CHILD FATALITY TASK FORCE: Letter to Task Force members regarding three CFTF priority areas: safe storage of firearms, child abuse/neglect reporting, and paid leave, submitted by NCCFTF Executive Committee

Update for Tuesday March 31, 2020

New Resources

FACT SHEET: Know your rights: Your employment and COVID-19 (covering paid leave, unemployment insurance and safe workplaces), NC Justice Center

PRESENTATION: Disaster recovery loans for small business, non-profits, and others harmed by COVID-19, US Small Business Administration

Update for Monday March 30, 2020

New Resources

EXECUTIVE ORDER: Statewide Stay-at-Home order goes into effect today

NC DHHS: Stay at Home, Save Lives social media tools for COVID-19

NC DHHS: COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Operations and Financing Guidance (March 25, 2020)

MAP & HOTLINE: COVID-19 Response – Find Meals for Kids from No Kid Hungry

FACT SHEET: Medicaid and CHIP Provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act from Georgetown Center for Children & Families

VIDEOS: Build Your Resiliency Skills in a Crisis from the New Hanover County Resiliency Task Force

Update for Friday, March 27, 2020

WATCH: Video Update Call for Child Advocates (in English and Spanish)

Matt Gross, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, NC DHHS
Adam Sotak, NC Child Public Engagement Director
Michelle Hughes, NC Child Executive Director
Whitney Tucker, NC Child Research Director
Ashley Perkinson, NC Child lobbyist


New Resources:

ACTION: NC Early Childhood Coalition: Tell NC Policymakers that Child Care Needs Support Now!

NEWS & OBSERVER: Comprehensive list of all Stay-at-Home orders in effect in NC cities and counties.

SUMMARY: NC General Assembly Fiscal Research Division Summary of Federal COVID-19 bills as of 3/25/2020 – Impact on Health & Human Services

Update for Weds, March 25, 2020

Stay at Home orders have been issued, or are soon to go into effect, in Mecklenburg and Wake Counties, as well as the City of Durham.

NC DHHS: All COVID-19 guidances for business, child care, schools, health care, and more

RELEASE: Close Child Care and Provide Emergency Relief Immediately,
Child Care Advocates Ask Governor Cooper
(NC Early Childhood Coalition, NC Child, and NC Association of Educators of Young Children)

NC CHILD BLOG: Child Care workers are emergency responders. We need to treat them like it.

Update for Monday, March 23, 2020

ALERT: Your calls needed today!
Congress is working on Phase 3 of its COVID-19 relief package. Your calls are needed to Senators Burr and Tillis now to prioritize child care, paid leave, and health coverage for those directly in harm’s way. 
Click here to make your call!

NC Legislative Working Groups
The NC House Select Committee on COVID-19 response will begin meeting tomorrow (Tuesday March 24). Work Group members are listed here.

Use this form to submit public comment and recommendations for the COVID-19 response committee.

New Resource

WEBSITE: Daily COVID-19 updates for human services providers from Benchmarks NC

Update for Friday, March 20, 2020

WATCH: Video Update Call for Child Advocates (English and Spanish)

Matt Gross, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, NC DHHS
Adam Sotak, NC Child Public Engagement Director
Whitney Tucker, NC Child Research Director

New Resources

FACT SHEET: NC DHHS Medicaid Flexibility for COVID-19 Response (summary)

FACT SHEET: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Impact on Children

WEBSITE: Apply for Unemployment related to COVID-19 (NC Division of Employment Security)

FLYER: NC DHHS Urgent Child Care referral line (English and Spanish)

Update for Wednesday March 18, 2020

New Resources

NC CHILD BLOG: Child Advocates Respond to COVID-19

RELEASE: Over 150 signatories call on NC General Assembly & Governor to expand health coverage to fight pandemic