COVID-19 Bulletin #3

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Bulletin #3
March 17, 2020
2:45 p.m.

In response to updated guidelines from the CDC to avoid discretionary travel and follow The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, checkpoints were established restricting visitor access to Dare County at 2:00 p.m. today.

Due to high demand for the online entry permitting system, some users have experienced difficulties applying for entry permits. We apologize for the inconvenience. In lieu of an entry permit, permanent residents will be allowed entry with a valid NC driver’s license or government-issued identification card with a local address. Non-resident property owners will be allowed entry with a current tax bill or parcel data sheet with matching current government-issued id or an entry permit with matching current government-issued identification. Non-resident employees may show documentation providing proof of employment such as pay stubs, employee identification badges, etc.

Personnel working at the Emergency Operations Center are available to answer COVID-19 related questions using a dedicated phone line. Please call 252.475.5008. Personnel anticipates a high volume of calls. If you reach a voicemail, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

North Carolina to Close Restaurants & Bars for Dine-In Customers

Governor Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force held a media briefing today at 2 p.m. At that briefing, Governor Cooper announced a new executive order in response to COVID-19 that closes restaurants and bars for dine-in customers but allows them to continue takeout and delivery orders. The executive order will also include an expansion of unemployment insurance to help North Carolina workers affected by COVID-19. The order is effective at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 15 Days to Slow the Spread

Yesterday the federal government announced guidelines and a plan to slow the spread of COVID-19. Dare County will adhere to the guidance from CDC and North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS). All Dare County community members should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • If you feel sick, stay at home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.

  • If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.

  • If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.

  • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.

  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk, stay at home and away from other people.

Even individuals who are young, or otherwise healthy, are at risk and their activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that everyone does their part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

It is recommended that individuals work from home whenever possible. Individuals who work in critical infrastructure industry, such as healthcare services or food supply, have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. Those individuals and employers should follow CDC guidance.

Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people, discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits. Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

Practice everyday preventive actions and good hygiene now. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces, going to the bathroom, before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  Avoid touching your face. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and as much as possible.