COVID-19 Bulletin #33

Bulletin #33
April 6, 2020
1:00 p.m.

In North Carolina, there are currently 2,870 cases of COVID-19 in 89 counties. There have been  33 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 261 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.

On Sunday, the Dare County Division of Public Health announced the sixth positive test result for COVID-19 in Dare County. It is possible that this individual may have acquired the virus from an asymptomatic individual, indicating community spread. The Division of Public Health will continue to report on any positive test results as soon as possible.

There are community members asking for more information on travel patterns of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. By law, patient confidentiality must be protected. In a small community such as Dare County, this means only limited information can be shared. Public health staff contacts individuals or facilities that may have had direct contact (6 feet or less for 10 minutes or greater) with an individual who tests positive as part of each contact tracing investigation.

According to Dr. Sheila Davies, Director of the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services, “The details that some are seeking about individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 is neither helpful nor productive. What we all must do to protect ourselves doesn’t change because of a positive test result. To protect yourself, your family and our community, everyone must stay at home other than for essential needs. Now that community spread is likely, it is important to act as if everyone you come in contact with may be COVID-19 positive and has the ability to spread the virus. Reducing the spread of COVID-19 is going to be the result of what each of us does, and where each of us goes.”

It is also important to point out that even though Dare County is seeing indications of community spread of COVID-19, state testing guidance from NC DHHS has not changed. Medical providers in Dare County are testing patients who meet testing criteria: fever of 100.4 or greater, cough and difficulty breathing. Individuals should call ahead to their provider or urgent care before going to the medical facility.

Patients who are asymptomatic are not advised to be tested. Patients who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate. The reason it is not advised to test those who do not have symptoms is because of the risk of exposure when going to be tested. For those who are mildly or moderately symptomatic, testing is not advised because of the risk of exposure to others and because there are no medications to cure COVID-19.

Dare County
This morning, the livestream for the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting experienced technical difficulties. We apologize for the inconvenience. View the video of the meeting here.

The North Carolina Division of Employment Security (DES) has resources available online to assist individuals filing for unemployment benefits. Due to high call volume, the fastest and more efficient way to file an unemployment claim is online. A fact sheet for anyone filling due to COVID-19 and FAQ’s are available. DES will ensure that claimants do not miss out on any weeks of eligibility due to the high call volume. Benefits will begin the week when initially attempted to file.

Additional information about community resources to help those impacted by COVID-19 including food support, emergency business loans, legal aid, and utility assistance is available at darenc.com/covidresources.

For updated information regarding Dare County services and department operations, visit www.darenc.com/covidservices.

The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff is available to answer your questions at 252.475.5008.

Town of Duck
To protect our citizens and staff, we ask you to call or email the office to ask how we may be able to assist you remotely. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The April 8 Planning Board meeting has been canceled.

Bulk trash collection scheduled for April 17 has been postponed.

Bulk waste permits are currently not available from the office due to the temporary closure of the Kitty Hawk facility.

Town of Southern Shores
Town Facilities-Town facilities remain closed to the public and all Town Hall business is being conducted via phone, email, fax, or other virtual means.  In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Meetings-The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for April 7, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. The notice and agenda can be viewed on the Town website https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/southern-shores-town-council-meeting-april-7-2020-330-p-m/

Building Inspections-Building inspections are still being conducted, however, meetings in person with the Building Inspector on-site are limited.  Inspection requests should be called in to the Planning & Code Enforcement Department by calling 252-261-2394 ext. 3 or email Dabni Shelton, Permit Officer at dshelton@southernshores-nc.gov.  Permit applications can be submitted online by utilizing the link to Citizenserve on the Town website: https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/online-permit-submittals/. Feel free to call the Planning & Code Enforcement Department at 252-261-2394 ext. 3 should you have any questions.

Bulk Waste Collection-originally scheduled for the Town of Southern Shores on Friday, April 3rd has been postponed. A new bulk collection schedule will be announced at a later date.

Town of Kitty Hawk
Town offices are open normal business hours 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Face-to-face contact is being limited.

Before visiting any Kitty Hawk office, please check the appropriate website or call to discuss the best way to conduct business. For contact information, please visit  https://www.kittyhawknc.gov/coronavirus-disease/.

The Town Council Meeting scheduled for April 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm will be held as planned.  In order to maintain the safety of Town Citizens, Staff and Council, this meeting will be live streamed.  There will be several ways to watch, listen and or participate. For more information about how to view the meeting click here .

Other Town Information:

  • The Town has begun mobile Ocean Rescue Patrol,  daily between the hours of 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

  • The Town’s Recycle Center will be closed until further notice.

  •  The playgrounds at Paul Pruitt Park and Sandy Run Park are closed.  The parks will remain open for passive recreational activities. When visiting any of the Town’s parks please practice social distancing.

  • The Spring Chipping Service will not be held in April and has been postponed until the Fall.

Town of Kill Devil Hills
To ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees, access to our offices remain restricted. If you have a critical need that can only be fulfilled by an in person visit, please contact the appropriate Department to schedule an appointment. Contact information for each Department is listed on our website, www.kdhnc.com.

All Town Departments have made adjustments to continue serving you in a safe, yet, proficient manner. Many services can be conducted by phone, email, fax, or by using our website.

While we miss our regular face-to-face interactions with the public, we are thankful to be able to continue our positive engagement with you by other means.

Be sure to follow the Town on Facebook at www.facebook.com/townofkdh or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/townofkdh for additional KDH updates.

Don’t forget to disinfect your electronic devices after using them! This includes your keyboard, mouse, laptops, cell phones, and other electronics that are frequently used.  COVID-19 can live on many surfaces for extended periods of time – do your part to stop the spread.

For modifications to Town services/daily operations, cancelled meetings and events, facility closures, and other updates, please visit our website, www.kdhnc.com.

Town of Nags Head
If you are a residential water customer in Nags Head, you may have received a call or email from us earlier today, Monday, April 6, 2020. We wanted to be sure that all of our water customers know that residential water account disconnections for nonpayment are suspended until June 1, 2020. In addition, no new penalties or late fees will be applied during this time. However, water customers are still responsible for paying for their water service. This information was sent to all of Nags Head’s residential water customers. Even if you pay your water bill on time (thank you for that), you will likely have received this communication.

It is critical that we all follow social distancing guidelines. In addition to Dare County’s Department of Health and Human Services website, the Centers for Disease Control also has helpful information on social distancing and how to clean and disinfect your home.

We appreciate those who have conducted their business with the Town either online or via the phone. Thank you for patience.

The Town’s skateboard park, located on the site of the YMCA, is now closed.

Town of Manteo
Town Operations – Access to Town Hall is limited. Call 473-2133 first to handle issues over the phone or online. Ring doorbell and use intercom prior to entry. Utility service disconnections, late fees, and penalties are suspended. Water charges will still be billed. Payment plans are available. Sanitation is on the regular schedule. Bulky item pick-ups are only Monday and Thursday.

Police Department – Access to Police Department is limited. If emergency, dial 911. Call 473-2069 for non-emergency weekday service or 473-3444 after hours. Ring doorbell and use the intercom prior to entry during weekdays. There is a call box for after-hours use at the MPD entrance.

Public Facilities – Town parks are open. Practice social distancing. Playgrounds and restrooms are closed. Pea Island Cookhouse Museum, Maritime Museum, and Lighthouse are closed. Downtown Marina is closed to visitors.

Special Events – 05/02 Litter Pick-Up postponed to 11/14. Downtown Market postponed until further notice.

The next bulletin will be issued no later than 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7.