North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

03/16/2020 NOTICE: Due to the current State of Emergency and consistent with CDC, DHHS, and DPH guidance concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is restricting access for all visitors at this time. Law Enforcement Personnel and Transporters will have access and must follow procedures when arriving to the facility. Please contact the OCME at 919-743-9000 for other routine business matters. Please understand that due to increased operational requirements and staffing issues our response time may be delayed. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to learn more about how to best support our decedents, employees, and the families left behind while responding and preparing for COVID-19.


This is a rapidly evolving situation. Up-to-date information is available from NC DHHS and the CDC.

The North Carolina Medical Examiner System is a network of medical doctors and allied health professionals throughout North Carolina who voluntarily devote their time, energy, and medical expertise to see that deaths of a suspicious, unusual or unnatural nature are adequately investigated. The OCME investigates all deaths in North Carolina due to injury or violence, as well as natural deaths that are suspicious, unusual, or unattended by a medical professional.

This resource is maintained by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the state of North Carolina. The OCME is a section of the Division of Public Health.

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