- Licensed facilities providing in-person child care from August to October are eligible for $35 million in grants to help offset the financial strains placed on child care to meet health and safety guidelines while serving fewer children.
- Most North Carolina families with children are eligible for a $335 coronavirus relief payment under the Extra Credit Grant Program. Those who filed a 2019 state tax return reporting a qualifying child will get the payment automatically. Those who did not file a state return might qualify if they apply before Oct. 15. Learn more.
- The N.C. Department of Administration has launched a new grant program, RETOOLNC, to help minority and women-owned businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Roy Cooper announced.
- The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services will provide additional benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to help families purchase food for children whose access to free and reduced-priced meals at school has been affected by remote learning this fall.
- Gov. Roy Cooper has announced a $40 million relief program to help eligible small businesses affected by COVID-19 offset costs, such as rent, mortgage interests and utility bills.
- Families and caregivers in need of child care for children up to age 12 can call the child care hotline at 1-888-600-1685 to be connected directly to care options in their community that meet their families’ needs.
How to Help
- Under Executive Order 169, North Carolina is currently in Phase 3 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions..
The N.C. Pandemic Recovery Office has distributed more than $2.6 billion in coronavirus relief funds (to 75% of the $3.5 billion allocated by the N.C. General Assembly) to local governments, state agencies, nonprofits, hospitals, educational institutions and research organizations.
Gov. Roy Cooper has announced a $40 million relief program to help eligible small businesses affected by COVID-19 offset costs, such as rent, mortgage interests and utility bills.
Gov. Cooper will allow large outdoor entertainment venues – those that can seat more than 10,000 – to open, beginning Oct. 2, at 7% capacity with key safety precautions in place.
Staying Ahead of the Curve
Key data and proposed budget for moving North Carolina forward
- The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has updated guidance to allow indoor visitation at nursing homes that have gone 14 days without a COVID-19 case and in counties with a percent positive testing rate of 10% or less.
- NCDHHS is adding information about antigen testing to the COVID-19 dashboard, including positive COVID-19 cases and deaths diagnosed with an antigen test as well as the number of antigen tests completed daily.
- NCDHHS will provide additional benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to help families purchase food for children whose access to free and reduced-priced meals at school has been affected by remote learning this fall.
- The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a COVID-19 exposure notification app called ‘SlowCOVIDNC’ to alert North Carolinians when they might have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- State health officials are urging North Carolina residents to get vaccinated against influenza to help protect themselves, their families and those around them as the state enters flu season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Find a flu shot location.)
- An executive order remains in effect, requiring face coverings for anyone in public when physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible.
N.C.’s Strategy to Fight COVID-19
Goals, efforts and what’s next in the state’s response to the pandemic
Beginning Oct. 5, North Carolina public school districts and charter schools can choose to implement Plan A for elementary schools (grades K-5), which continues important safety measures, such as face coverings social distancing and symptom screening but does not require schools to reduce the number of children in the classroom.
- The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has expanded the 24/7 Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002) to teachers, school personnel and their families in need of mental health and resilience supports. Learn more.
- Gov. Roy Cooper directed $95.6 million in new funding intended to provide emergency support to school districts, post-secondary institutions or other education-related entities for addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The N.C. Department of Public Instruction has been awarded a $17.6 million federal grant to develop innovative instructional approaches to better meet student needs during disruptions to schooling, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources for schools and districts
Information about unemployment assistance
- If tourism traveling is necessary, travelers should check with local governments to determine whether restrictions are still in place (e.g., beach access, short-term rentals and hotels, visitor centers) and to contact lodging establishments directly for their most up-to-date information.
- Learn about COVID-19 tourism and travel resources, including current destinations with restrictions and things to do at home this summer.
- The U.S. Coast Guard has given approval for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Hatteras Inlet ferry route to resume service.
- The state’s Piedmont passenger rail service between Raleigh and Charlotte has resumed operations.
Tourism and recreation resources
- The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has consolidated in-person services to offices large enough to maintain social distancing. Learn more about NCDMV services in response to COVID-19.
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