North Carolina Public Health Law

NC Legal Resources: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

This page was added to the NC Public Health Law microsite on March 5, 2020, to compile resources about North Carolina law and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Subsequently the School of Government created a microsite compiling COVID-19 information and resources from across the School. Information specific to public health law has been retained on this page. For other topics, such as employment, emergency management, and the N.C. courts system, please go to sog.unc.edu/coronavirus.

Webinars and Zoom Office Hours

Coronavirus in the Workplace and the Community: A Primer for NC Local Governments (March 18, 2020)

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 HEREPlease be aware that due to the rapidly changing situation, some information is no longer up-to-date. For the webinar slides, click here.

Zoom Office Hours: HIPAA Updates for COVID-19 (May 1, 2020)

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


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. 

Coates' Canons Blog Posts on COVID-19

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 Appoints 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)

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)

External Resources

COVID-19 Websites 

North Carolina Communicable Disease Statutes and Regulations

Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles