COVID-19 Bulletin #38

Bulletin #38
April 10, 2020
1:00 p.m.

In North Carolina, there are currently 3,908 cases of COVID-19 in 91 counties. There have been 74 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 423 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.

To date, Dare County has reported 13 positive test results for COVID-19. Of the 13 individuals who have tested positive, 8 have recovered/or are asymptomatically cleared (meaning they are 7 days post testing with no symptoms), 3 are asymptomatic (meaning they have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms), 1 is recovering at home and 1 died.

As we begin the third weekend with Stay Home, Stay Healthy measures in place, it is important to continue to emphasize the guidelines that are in place for slowing the spread of the virus. This information may seem repetitive, but it is critical in our fight against the spread of COVID-19.

  • Stay home, and only go out for necessities or exercise, and only have contact with the people you live with.

  • Avoid contact with persons that you know are sick.

  • Cover your cough (cough into the crook of your elbow; or use a tissue and throw in trash).

  • Practice good hand hygiene (wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing).

  • If you do not have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.

  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces with household cleaners.

  • Consider using a cloth face covering to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  A face covering alone is insufficient to provide an adequate level of protection, and other measures should also be utilized.

Earlier this week, the Dare County Division of Public Health provided information about emergency planning and surge preparedness. As pointed out, statewide statistics provide critical information regarding how the virus is trending, and helps us understand the picture of COVID-19 impacts on North Carolina. This information provides a visualization of data, which can include peaks in positive cases, age groups and populations or regions most impacted by COVID-19, which will aid decision makers across North Carolina.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has established a wonderful resource that provides citizens with reliable data and information. The COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard data is updated once daily. The main page provides the number of positive, lab confirmed cases, the total number of deaths in NC, and the number of tests completed. Please note the number of tests reported may not be all inclusive as commercial labs are not required to report the number of tests performed, only positive results. Also, on this page are the number of individuals currently hospitalized in NC for COVID-19 related illnesses and the number of NC counties reporting positive cases.

Scrolling down the page, there are a number of tabs that provide specific data:

  • County Map – provides a graphical representation of where cases are in NC.

  • By Counties – provides a list of the counties and the number of reported cases per county. (You will find this number for Dare County may be different from what is reported on the Dare County website. The state number reflects only those cases with identification that listed a Dare County address. The Dare County figure reflects the total number of cases reported to Dare County, not just those with a Dare County address.)

  • Age – shows the age breakdown of the total number of NC cases and fatalities. (This number may also vary between what the state reports and what Dare County reports. This variance is also related to the physical address on the individual’s identification. Additionally, at the local level data will be reported as soon as it is available whereas the state may have a day or two delay based on the filing of death reports.)

  • Race/Ethnicity – shows the race breakdown by number count and percentages for the NC confirmed cases and deaths.

  • Gender – shows the breakdown of cases and deaths by gender.

  • Cases Over Time – shows the number of new COVID-19 cases each day based on when the individual’s specimen was collected.

  • By Reporting Hospital – shows the inpatient hospital bed count. This is a valuable metric related to surge planning as it provides a snapshot of how many empty beds are available in NC and the type of bed (inpatient or ICU bed). Also, under this tab you can see the number of patients on a ventilator (not specific to COVID-19) as self reported by hospitals as well as the total number of ventilators available. Again, this is a useful tool in surge and resource planning.

  • PPE (personal protective equipment) – reflects the type of PPE requested from the Strategic National Stockpile and what has been distributed to the agencies across the state that have made PPE requests.

  • Congregate Living – shows the COVID-19 outbreaks by congregate living type and includes counties where the facilities are located. (Again, local information is being shared as soon as it is available and the state updates their data daily based on reports filed with the state.)

Continue to rely on credible sources for accurate, updated information. Visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/coronavirus or NCDHHS at ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus. For information specific to Dare County, visit darenc.com/covid19.

Dare County

It is important for everyone in Dare County to continue to follow social distancing guidelines and act as if everyone you come in contact with has COVID-19 and has the ability to spread the virus. Restrict ALL non-essential movement. Only go out when absolutely necessary (for essential needs). Avoid direct contact, other than immediate family members. Practice good hygiene.

To help those impacted by COVID-19, a list of community resources and information on filing for unemployment, food support, emergency business loans, legal aid, and utility assistance is available at darenc.com/covidresources.

The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center is open until 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Staff is available to answer your questions at 252.475.5008. The Call Center will reopen on Monday, April 13 at 8:30 a.m.

The Outer Banks Hospital

We have certainly felt the love from our community over these past weeks. Whether it is the generosity of an individual, company, or restaurant the donations continue to help those on the front lines feel supported. Our team members have enjoyed some amazing meals and it will be no different this holiday weekend. To know that our mighty community is behind us, fuels our motivation to continue care 24/7. Remember on this holiday weekend to please maintain social distancing. It is incredibly important at this time that we continue to flatten the curve.

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. Staff are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bulk trash collection scheduled for April 17 has been postponed. Please do not place items at the curb at this time. Dispose of what will fit in your trash can. We will reschedule the collection as soon as possible.

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

The Town office is closed on Friday, April 10 for the holiday. We’ll reopen on Monday, April 13 at 9 a.m.

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 Southern Shores Town Council held a meeting on April 7, 2020 , which is available for viewing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JnhfT87RAY&feature=youtu.be

 -The April 20, 2020 Planning Board meeting has been cancelled.  Consideration of the new flood maps and update to Southern Shores Town Code Chapter 16, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance will be added to the next meeting agenda.  The next scheduled meeting is to be held on May 18, 2020. A Special Meeting could be called prior to that meeting in the event the current COVID-19 situation improves within that timeframe.

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.

 Police Department-The Southern Shores Police Department would like you to be aware of possible scams/fraud attempts in the coming weeks, as it relates to COVID19 Economic Impact Payments from the Federal Gov’t. Please read the attached press release from the US Secret Service Charlotte Office. https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-19-Press-release-CHAFO-040320.pdf

Town of Kitty Hawk

Town Offices will Be Closed Monday, April 13, 2020 in observance of the Easter Holiday. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, April 14 with normal business hours of 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’s Spring Chipping Service has been rescheduled for April 27, 2020.  Please place your debris in the right of way, at least 3 feet from the side of the road.  Debris can be no larger than 4 inches in diameter and 6 feet long. No stumps, lumber, leaves or yard clippings will be collected.

Town of Kill Devil Hills

The Town of Kill Devil Hills offices are closed today, 4/10/20, in observance of Good Friday. All Town offices will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, 4/13/20.

We understand the desire to be outside is more powerful than ever. The sunshine and warmer temperatures are bringing residents out to the beach and parks. While going to the beach or parks on your own or with members of your household is an acceptable activity under the Stay at Home Order, it is vital that social distancing practices are followed.

Kill Devil Hills’ Staff remain ready to help you, but, we need you to help us, too. The Town’s Ocean Rescue Division and Police Department are monitoring activity at the Town’s beach and parks – this is where we need your help! We ask you maintain a distance of at least six feet from others who are not part of the same household and to kindly talk with your neighbors and others before calling on the Town’s resources. We’re all facing these difficult and different times together.

Take a deep breath. Proceed with patience. Be kind and help your neighbors. We can do this Kill Devil Hills! Our community will be a part of the solution to flatten the curve! Together we will navigate these uncharted waters and together we will lessen the impacts of the COVID-19 wave in our community.

Please visit our website, www.kdhnc.com for information on modifications to daily operations/services, closed facilities, meeting/event cancellations, contact information for various Town Departments, and other updates.

Town of Nags Head 

Social Distancing – Easter Weekend

We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter holiday. The holiday and nice weather are a good time to be more active BUT we ask that you maintain all social distancing and preventative measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. It may be tempting to want to gather together as a family to celebrate the Easter holiday but please know that this can be fatal to our loved ones with the spread of the virus.  If you visit the beach, you must practice social distancing. There is enough room for everyone to do this. We should continue as if we are infected or everyone around us is infected and we are trying to prevent spreading the virus or catching the virus.

Correction to Nags Head Board of Commissioners April 15 – Comments Will be Accepted Prior to and During the Meeting

The Nags Head Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 will be conducted electronically and can be accessed by the public via the Zoom platform. The agenda is available on the Town’s website at www.nagsheadnc.gov.

The public should adhere to local and state health guidelines and not attend this meeting in person.

To provide comments for the Public Comment portion of the meeting and/or to provide comments for the Public Hearing please utilize the email address listed below. Comments will be read aloud at that time.

To view and listen to the Board meeting remotely, please register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YjqmiLnuR-CUDH5LI0svCg Please email your comments for the Public Comment portion or for the Public Hearing here: publiccomment041520@nagsheadnc.gov (Comments will also be accepted during the Board meeting) Comments should include your name and address and be limited to five minutes when read aloud.

The meeting recording will be available on the Town’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/townofnagshead) as soon as possible after the live meeting. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to offer this solution during this unprecedented time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Town Clerk Carolyn Morris at Carolyn.Morris@nagsheadnc.gov or at 252-449-2009.

Town of Manteo
Board Meetings – 04/14 Planning Board meeting cancelled due to lack of agenda items. 04/15 Board of Commissioners meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. via teleconference. Public can call in at 253/215-8782, 301/715-8592, or 346/248-7799 and then enter Meeting ID 622-572-789.

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 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.