COVID-19 Bulletin #49

Bulletin #49
April 22, 2020
1:15 p.m
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Yesterday, Dare County, in consultation with the Dare County Control Group, released the Plan for Gradual Lifting of Restrictions on Entry to Dare County. This plan was developed with careful consideration of the science, trends, data, epidemiology and resource availability.

While the plan allows for staged entry for non-resident property owners starting on May 4, 2020, it is important for everyone to understand that North Carolina and Dare County remain under State of Emergencies and mandatory stay at home orders. It is critical for individuals in Dare County to follow these orders to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19.

While Dare County’s Stay Home – Stay Healthy Order was extended to May 22, 2020, this order can be modified or rescinded to meet changing conditions. The measures outlined in the order will be regularly reviewed and will remain in effect until it is determined they are no longer necessary to protect the health and safety of our community.

Under the Governor’s Executive order No. 131, restaurants are permitted to offer  takeout and/or delivery only. Essential businesses may only operate if they can maintain social distancing requirements. They must also restrict maximum occupancy based on square footage and perform frequent and routine environmental cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces. Executive Order No. 131 does not have a specific end date and remains in place unless repealed, replaced or rescinded.

An additional protective measure implemented yesterday is the requirement for individuals to wear a mask or cloth face covering only in public settings where other social distancing measures cannot be maintained. 

Information on masks and face coverings is available at the CDC website. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

These are the recommendations that are to be followed in Dare County. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics has information on COVID-19 and masks and children.

While these measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 may seem burdensome and frustrating, they are critically important. COVID-19 can spread quickly when people are in close proximity and have direct contact. The mitigation measures in place are proven public health tools to help slow the spread of disease.

State Cases of COVID-19

In North Carolina, there are currently 7,220 cases of COVID-19 in 93 counties. There have been 242 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 434 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.

County’s Positive Test Results Remains at 15

The number of positive COVID-19 test results remains at 15. Fourteen have recovered/or are asymptomatically cleared (meaning they are seven days post testing with no symptoms) and one died.

Federal Unemployment Assistance

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (CARES Act) provides unemployment compensation for individuals not eligible for regular unemployment insurance or any extensions to unemployment insurance. This will provide benefits to eligible self-employed workers and independent contractors. North Carolina Division of Employment Security anticipates their system will be ready to accept claims for this assistance around April 25, 2020. More information is available here.

Regarding Entry for Currituck County Non-Resident Property Owners Beginning on Thursday, April 23: 

Currituck County has announced entry for Non-Resident Property Owners beginning on Thursday, April 23.

Those accessing Currituck County must respect Dare County’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order that is in effect.  Travel in Dare County should be used only as necessary to reach the Currituck Outer Banks or for essential needs such as health care. Plan to travel directly to your destination once passing through the checkpoint at the bridge.

According to Currituck County, non-resident property owners will be allowed to go through the law enforcement checkpoint at the Wright Memorial Bridge and travel through Dare County to Corolla ONLY IF they have their hurricane season re-entry permit issued by Currituck Emergency Management. EACH VEHICLE MUST HAVE A PERMIT displayed to be allowed through the checkpoint. A tax bill or other documents will not be accepted.

If you cannot find your re-entry permit or have questions, contact Currituck Emergency Management via email at emstaff@currituckcountync.gov or call 252.232.2115.

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.

Commercial solid waste collection will occur on Fridays for the next two weeks. Typically, commercial collection moves to twice a week after May 1, but this will continue to be evaluated and communicated based on volume.

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.

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/.

The Kitty Hawk Recycle Center Is Open with Regular Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday:  8:00am – 12:00pm

Wednesday and Sunday: Closed

Recycle Center Attendants will not be able to assist with the unloading of materials. Please respect social distancing guidelines. Should these guidelines not be practiced, the Center may have to close again. Any questions may be directed to Public Works by phone at 252-261-1367 or email wmidgett@kittyhawktown.net.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding, and helping to maintain a safe environment for both residents and employees.

The Town’s Spring Chipping Service Will Take Place Monday,  April 27, 2020.  Please place your debris in the right of way, at least 3 feet from the side of the road by April 26th. .  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’s top priority continues to be the health, safety, and well-being of everyone.

As we do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, by encouraging social distancing, access to our offices remains restricted. 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.

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.

Board of Commissioners Meeting:

In order to maintain the safety of Town residents, Staff, and board members, the Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners will conduct an electronic meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., using Zoom software. There are several methods the public can participate in or view the meeting.

View meeting agenda:

https://www.kdhnc.com/DocumentCenter/View/12274

View participation instructions:

https://www.kdhnc.com/DocumentCenter/View/12273

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 Board of Commissioners 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

A video of the April 21, 2020 Planning Board meeting is available at http://nagsheadnc.gov/AgendaCenter/Planning-Board-4. Click on the TV image under Media for the April 21, 2020 meeting.

As the weather warms, more people will be visiting the beach. Going outside and getting fresh air is helpful to lifting moods during this tough time, but please remember to follow the 10-person group limit and six-foot social distancing recommendations set forth by the state and CDC guidelines.

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 – Dare Day 2020 cancelled but planned to return in 2021. 05/02 Litter Pick-Up postponed to 11/14. Downtown Market postponed until further notice.