COVID-19 Bulletin #40

Bulletin #40
April 12, 2020
12:15 p.m.

A happy Easter to all. While protective measures have caused today’s services and celebrations to be different than previous years, our hope is that our community is finding the strength not to let this crisis damper the spirit, love and faith that comes with this special day.

As you celebrate with your immediate family, remember to continue to follow the guidelines that are in place for slowing the spread of COVID-19. Restrict all non-essential movement, only go out when necessary, avoid direct contact, other than immediate family members and practice good hygiene. This information may seem repetitive, but it is critical in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

In North Carolina, there are currently 4,520 cases of COVID-19 in 91 counties. There have been 81 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 331 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.

To date, Dare County has reported 15 positive test results for COVID-19. Of the 15 individuals who have tested positive, eight have recovered/or are asymptomatically cleared (meaning they are seven days post testing with no symptoms), five are asymptomatic (meaning they have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms), one is recovering at home and one died.

Much earlier than anticipated, the Dare County Division of Public Health has received the majority of test results from the state lab for the mass testing conducted of staff and residents at Peak Resources. Fortunately, only two additional positive test results were received. Both of these individuals are currently asymptomatic. Local public health staff has made the necessary contacts and Peak Resources continues to take all necessary actions to protect against further spread of COVID-19.

As children, parents and families look ahead to Spring Break, the Dare County Division of Public Health encourages you to tap into creative thoughts and energy to find ways to make this week special and enjoyable. For a list of suggestions throughout the week, visit the Dare County Health and Human Services Facebook page.

Dare County
As National Public Health week comes to an end, we express sincere gratitude to our local public health team for their incredible efforts serving our community. Much of the work of public health is behind the scenes and there are many public health heroes who work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure Dare County is a safe place to live, work and play.

If you find yourself in need of assistance during these challenging times, a list of community resources is available at darenc.com/covidresources.

Do your part in preventing the spread of misinformation. Stay informed with accurate, updated information from credible sources. Visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/coronavirus or NCDHHS at ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus. For information specific to the response in Dare County, visit darenc.com/covid19.

The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center will reopen on Monday, April 13 at 8:30 a.m. Staff is available to answer your questions weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and can be reached 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.  Officers 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
The Town of Kill Devil Hills wishes everyone a happy and healthy Easter!

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 Monday, April 13.