March 18, 2020
The Dare County Control Group met this morning to receive a briefing from Public Health officials and discuss local impacts of COVID-19. The Dare County Control Group is coordinating daily with public health officials to ensure our community is following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state.
Based on the CDC guidance to avoid discretionary travel, restrictions remain in place restricting visitors from entering Dare County. Checkpoints were established at access points Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Details and information on entry are available at darenc.com/entry. Since the entry system was launched yesterday, Dare County Emergency Management has processed over 9,000 entry permits. The online entry permitting system continues to experience high volume. If a permit is not needed immediately, please wait and apply when you need it. In an effort to expedite traffic at the checkpoints, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office requests that all commercial traffic entering the county use the right lane and all regular traffic use the left lane.
We recognize citizens from Currituck, Hyde, and Tyrrell counties may need to enter Dare County to conduct business, work or attend medical appointments. No one from Dare, Currituck, Hyde, and Tyrrell County will be denied entry with proper identification. Proper identification includes a valid NC driver’s license with a Dare, Currituck, Hyde, or Tyrrell county address or a government-issued identification card with a local address.
Public Health Guidelines for those in Dare County
As of March 18, 2020 at 11:30 a.m., no individuals have tested positive for COVID-19.
For those in Dare County or adjoining counties, be sure to reach out by phone and/or email to businesses, government offices, or healthcare providers prior to arriving. Businesses may have altered services or hours. In some cases, you may be able to receive services online or over the phone.
Public Health officials encourage the local community to continue to practice social distancing. Try to stay a minimum of six feet away from others whenever possible. Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, social visits and social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
Practice everyday preventive actions and good hygiene now. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your face. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and as much as possible.
Follow additional guidelines and recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the CDC.
The next bulletin will be issued today, March 18, no later than 4 p.m.