Originally on CBS 17

March 26, 2020

Debt collections made by the North Carolina Department of Justice are being suspended until further notice as the coronavirus outbreak continues, according to a news release from Attorney General Josh Stein’s office.

Stein is also asking all local and municipal utilities to commit to maintaining access to water, electricity, gas, and other services for residents.

“North Carolinians who are struggling with their health, have been laid off from their job, or are facing cuts to their income in the wake of COVID-19 should not have to bear additional burdens that will further harm their health or their finances,” Stein said. “That’s why I’m suspending the Department of Justice’s debt collection efforts and why I’m asking local and municipal utilities to ensure that North Carolinians have continued access to water, gas, and power. Now, more than ever, we must do the right thing for fellow North Carolinians.”

The suspension includes issuing demand letters and any other collections activities for agencies and universities that the NCDOJ represents. That includes the University of North Carolina system, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the Department of Environmental Quality, the release said.