Jill Moore


Book: North Carolina Communicable Disease Law

Preventing and controlling the spread of communicable disease is one of the core activities of public health systems. Law provides part of the infrastructure that allows public health systems to detect and respond to communicable diseases and conditions. This 2017 book provides an introduction to the law of communicable disease control in North Carolina. Click here to order

Book Chapter: Isolation and Quarantine

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the chapter of Professor Moore's book that addresses North Carolina isolation and quarantine law is being made available at no charge. Click here to access the chapter. 


People, Pandemics and Privacy, by Jill D. Moore (November 2020)

Coates' Canons Blog Posts on COVID-19

The following posts address public health law issues. For other topics, including emergency management, employment law, and more, see Coates' Canons: NC Local Government Law.

NC's COVID State of Emergency to End, National Public Health Emergency to Continue (For Now), by Jill Moore (July 29,2022)

COVID-19 Law & Policy Updates, by Jill Moore (July 25, 2021)

One Year of COVID-19 in North Carolina, by Jill Moore (March 3, 2021)

Using Web-Based Scheduling Applications to Make Appointments for COVID-19 Vaccination Events: HHS Issues Notice of Enforcement Discretion, by Jill Moore (January 20, 2021)

COVID-19 Updates and News Roundup, by Jill Moore (December 11, 2020)

Taking Local Action to Control COVID-19: What Can a Local Health Department Do?, by Jill Moore (December 2, 2020)

How Does North Carolina Law Provide for Communicable Disease Control Measures for Emerging Diseases Like COVID-19?, by Jill Moore (July 10, 2020)

New Legislation: Disclosing Communicable Disease Information to Law Enforcement to Prevent or Lessen a Serious or Imminent Threat, by Jill Moore (May 13, 2020)

Disclosing Information about Employees with COVID-19, by Jill Moore (April 17,2020)

A Stay at Home Order is Not a Quarantine: The Case for Semantic Precision, by Jill Moore (April 13, 2020)

Releasing County-Specific Data about COVID-19, by Jill Moore (April 9, 2020)

Social Services Confidentiality: A Few FAQs During the Pandemic, by Aimee Wall (April 3, 2020)

Disclosing Information about People with COVID-19 to First Responders, by Jill Moore (March 24, 2020)

Isolation, Quarantine, and Social Distancing: What's the Difference?, by Jill Moore (March 10, 2020)

Resources for Reliable Information on Coronavirus in North Carolina, by Jill Moore (March 5, 2020)

How Will We Know if COVID-19 is in North Carolina? A Look at the State's Communicable Disease Reporting Laws, by Jill Moore (March 2, 2020)

Coates' Canons Blog Posts on Similar Communicable Disease Topics

Keeping the Public Informed about Communicable Diseases, by Jill Moore (May 26, 2015)

How Does North Carolina Law Address Outbreaks of Communicable Disease?, by Jill Moore (September 29, 2014)

Webinars and Other Online Learning

Zoom Office Hours

May 1, 2020 at 9a.m. | HIPAA Updates for COVID-19 

Jill Moore addressed disclosing COVID-19 information to the public in a manner that complies with both HIPAA and North Carolina law. 


April 2, 2020 at 10 a.m. | COVID-19 and ConfidentialityApril 2, 2020 at 10 a.m. | COVID-19 and Confidentiality - NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

School faculty members Jill Moore, Aimee Wall, and Frayda Bluestein responded to frequently asked questions about COVID-19, confidentiality, and public records. Sara DePasquale moderated, and Rachel Mintel provided program management.


Coronavirus in the Workplace and the Community: A Primer for North Carolina Local Governments

Faculty members Norma Houston, Diane Juffras, and Jill Moore hosted two live webinars on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, addressing legal issues that have arisen as North Carolina's local governments prepare and respond to COVID-19. You may view this free webinar on-demand by registering HERE. Please be aware that due to the rapidly changing situation, some information is no longer up-to-date. 

For the webinar slides, click here.


The following modules provide an introduction to North Carolina communicable disease law and the law of isolation and quarantine. They were developed in 2016 in collaboration with the NC Institute for Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health with the support of the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC), a funded project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Cooperative Agreement 1U90TP000415).

External Resources

COVID-19 Websites and Toll-free Phone Line

Local governments are encouraged to monitor the two primary sites of public health information about COVID-19 in NC and the US:

North Carolinians with questions or concerns about COVID-19 can call the COVID-19 phone line by dialing 211 or 888-892-1162. To sign up for text updates about COVID-19, text COVIDNC to 898211 (your service provider's charges may apply). 

North Carolina Communicable Disease Statutes and Regulations

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