COVID-19 Bulletin #41

Bulletin #41
April 13, 2020
12:30 p.m.

State Cases of COVID-19

In North Carolina, there are currently 4,816 cases of COVID-19 in 92 counties. There have been 86 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 313 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.

Dare County’s Positive Test Results Count Remains the Same

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

Social Distancing Measures are Effective – Keep It Up

This is the fourth week that local officials have been focused on mitigation measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. While the restrictions and orders that are in place have a huge emotional, economic and physical toll, these measures are effective and your continued efforts are making a difference in our fight against COVID-19.  We thank you for doing your part to help keep our community safe.

Please continue to hang in there. If you need help, please reach out. Dare County is fortunate to have many community resources available to assist. A complete list of resources ranging from food needs, to financial support, to mental health help is available on the Dare County website at www.darenc.com/covidresources. We are all in this together, and together we will get through this.

The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center can be reached at 252.475.5008 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Staff is available to answer your questions regarding all aspects of response efforts,including community resources to help you and your family through this difficult time.

IRS Impact Payments Begin Being Issued Later This Week

Later this week, the IRS will be launching the “Get My Payment” web application to help taxpayers to receive their stimulus check (Economic Impact Payments) as quickly as possible. The web application is free and will be found at IRS.gov. Taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019 but did not provide their banking information on their return will be able to submit direct deposit information. Taxpayers will receive stimulus money faster through direct deposit than a check in the mail. People who want to add their bank account information will need to provide the following additional information, their Adjusted Gross Income from their most recent tax return submitted, either 2019 or 2018, the refund or amount owed from their latest filed tax return, and your bank account type, account and routing numbers.

Get My Payment will also allow citizens to track the status of their payment. Taxpayers will need their social security number, date of birth, and mailing address.

Americans who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 can use “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here” to submit basic personal information to quickly and securely receive their Economic Impact Payments. Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file any paperwork to receive their stimulus payment. Payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.

To help protect against potential fraud, the web application does not allow people to change bank account information already on file with the IRS or update bank account information after an Economic Impact Payment has been scheduled for delivery.

The IRS and the U.S. Department of Treasury urge taxpayers to be on the lookout for scammers and email phishing attempts about the COVID-19 and Economic Impact Payments. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.

Dare County

Due to inclement weather, particularly high winds, Dare County Public Works suspended trash collection at 10:30 a.m.today. For routes that were not completed, drivers will resume pick up tomorrow morning from where they left off. If your can was not collected today, please secure it, and place it out when the winds die down for collection tomorrow. The areas affected for residential collection include: Colington, Kitty Hawk, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras. Commercial collection will resume tomorrow as well in the following areas: Kitty Hawk, Colington, Manteo, Wanchese, Manns Harbor, Stumpy Point, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.

For a list of creative ways to make this spring break special and enjoyable while staying home, parents and families are encouraged to visit the Dare County Health and Human Services Facebook page.

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 can be reached at 252-475-5008 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Staff is available to answer your questions regarding all aspects of response efforts, including testing,

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. The public safety building remains closed to non-emergency visitors.

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.

-Meetings – 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.

The Southern Shores Town Council will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., in the Pitts Center located at 5377 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Southern Shores, NC 27949. The purpose of the Special Meeting is to conduct a Closed Session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11 (a)(6) regarding the ongoing Town Manager selection process. The Closed Session will be the only item of business.

The Southern Shores Town Council’s next Workshop meeting is scheduled to be held Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in the Pitts Center located at 5377 N Virginia Dare Trail, Southern Shores, NC (Utilizing the Zoom platform/app) Southern Shores Notice-Electronic Participation April 21, 2020

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

Change in Trash Collection Today

Due to the weather Dare County has pulled their trucks from the garbage collection route. If they have not gotten to your can they will collect tomorrow. Please pull your cans back and place them out tonight after the wind has calmed down. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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.

Town of Kill Devil Hills

The Town of Kill Devil Hills’ top priority continues to be the health, safety, and well-being of its citizens. Access to Town offices remain restricted. However, 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. Please visit our website, www.kdhnc.com for each Department’s contact information and updates to their daily operations.

Utility Customers:

Water disconnections for nonpayment are suspended until 6/1/20. In addition, no new penalties or late fees will be applied during this time. However, customers are still responsible for making payments for water services. If you would like to set up a six-month payment plan, contact our Public Services Department at 252-480-4080. More information can also be found on the Town’s website.

Planning Board Meeting:

In order to maintain the safety of Town residents, Staff, and board members, the Kill Devil Hills Planning Board will conduct an electronic meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., using Zoom software.

View the meeting agenda on our website, www.kdhnc.com/DocumentCenter/View/12254/41620-Planning-Board-Agenda

There are several methods the public can participate in or view the meeting:

1.Join the Planning Board meeting through Zoom on your computer or smart phone. 

Simply click on the following link or type it into your internet browser:

https://zoom.us/j/95969049384?pwd=WUtLcDFzUmFDVUg5bndLQkRBajZmdz09

Meeting ID: 959-6904-9384

Webinar Password: 489615

If you have not used Zoom before, you are encouraged to download the application from their website at https://zoom.us/ and try it out prior to the meeting.  There is no cost associated with the software or attending the meeting.

2. Join the meeting through audio only via telephone.

Simply call: 1-253-215-8782 or 1-301-715-8592.  When prompted, enter meeting ID #: 959-6904-9384 followed by the Pound sign (#).  You may be asked to enter the password: 489615, followed by the Pound sign (#). Depending upon your carrier, long distance charges may apply.

3. Submit your public comments to Kill Devil Hills prior to the meeting.

Email: info@kdhnc.com

The comments will be read into the recording during the public comment portion.  Please include your name and address with your comment. Comments should be limited to 3 minutes when read aloud.

Kill Devil Hills is making every effort to ensure that the public is able to not only listen to the meeting, but also to participate in the public comment portion of the Planning Board meeting while still maintaining all of the Town’s statutory requirements and keeping the public safe. Thank you for your interest in the Town and your patience and understanding during this unusual time.

Town of Nags Head 

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

Special Note – National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Advisory from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wind Advisory from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and tornado watch until noon today. See www.weather.gov/mhx for updates.

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 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14.