COVID-19 Bulletin #39

Bulletin #39
April 11, 2020
12:00 p.m.

In North Carolina, there are currently over 4,312 cases of COVID-19 in 91 counties. There have been 80  fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 362 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 enter the third full week with the Stay Home – Stay Healthy order in place to protect our community against the spread of COVID-19, each of us has an important role we must continue to play. With each day, we become more and more eager to get back to our activities, and routines prior to the disease outbreak. While it may be frustrating to continue to hear the same plea for social distancing, direct contact with only family members and practicing good hygiene, these are the most effective tools that we have to fight the spread. We are all in this together, and together, through responsible behavior and actions, we will get on the other side of this more quickly.

Peak Resources Update
On Thursday Dare County announced receiving 3 positive test results associated with Peak Resources. All 3 individuals continue to be asymptomatic. Test results for nearly half of the staff and residents were received. Only 3 were positive, and those were reported on Thursday, April 9th. Another round of mass testing for residents and staff was completed on Thursday afternoon. Those specimens arrived at the state lab Friday morning for processing and testing. Another update on Peak will be provided as soon as the test results are received. 

Peak Resources continues to take all necessary actions by following NC DHHS guidelines to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in their facility. Peak Resources, The Outer Banks Hospital, Outer Banks Medical Group and Dare County’s public health team continue to collaborate to ensure safety and wellbeing of Peak residents, staff, and the community.

Dare County
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 will reopen on Monday, April 13 at 8:30 a.m. Staff is available weekdays 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. Staff are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

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.

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.  

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 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/.   

Town Offices will Be Closed Monday, April 13, 2020 in observance of the Easter Holiday.  Offices will re-open on Tuesday, April 14 at 8:30 am.  

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
During this social-distancing time, Town offices are accessible by appointment only. Our regular business hours are M-F, 8-5 p.m. 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. For information on modifications to daily operations/services, closed facilities, meeting/event cancellations, contact information for various Town Departments, and other updates, please visit our website www.kdhnc.com and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/townofkdh.

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.

National Park Service
All indoor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are temporarily closed. Outdoor areas continue to be open for the purposes of activities described under North Carolina’s Executive Order 121 and Dare County’s “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” declaration.

As services are limited, the National Park Service urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.

 

The next bulletin will be issued no later than 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 12.