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 public health law and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Check back frequently for updates and new resources. 

For information on emergency management and FEMA guidance related to COVID-19, see the School's North Carolina Emergency Management microsite.


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

SOG faculty members Diane Juffras and Jill Moore will host a live webinar to address legal questions that have arisen as North Carolina's local governments prepare and respond to COVID-19. The webinar will be Wednesday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a second offering from 2 p.m. to 4:30pm. An on-demand version will be made available shortly after. For more information and to register, click here


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: Who Has What Emergency Authorities at the Local Level?, by Norma Houston (March 13, 2020) 

Water Disconnections During the COVID-19 Outbreak, by Kara Millonzi (March 12, 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)

Preparing Local Government Workplaces for the New Coronavirus, by Diane Juffras (February 26, 2020)

Coates' Canons Blog Posts on Other Communicable Disease Topics

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

Ebola and the Law of Isolation and Quarantine in North Carolina, by Jill Moore (October 31, 2014)

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

Controlling H1N1 Flu in North Carolina, by Jill Moore (September 1, 2009)

Other Online Publications

FAQs: Isolation and Quarantine

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 toll-free at 866-462-3821. This helpline is staffed by North Carolina Poison Control 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

North Carolina Communicable Disease Statutes and Regulations

Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles