April 24, 2020
State Cases of COVID-19
In North Carolina, there are currently 8,052 cases of COVID-19 in 93 counties. There have been 269 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 477 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.
County’s Positive Test Results Remains at 15
The number of positive tests results in Dare County has remained at 15 for the past 13 days. The Dare County COVID-19 webpage now has a section for quick reference which provides the most up to date information on COVID-19 cases in Dare County and also the State of North Carolina. You can find this information at darenc.com/covid19.
The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services is pleased with the data being seen in Dare County. The community has responded positively to the call for social distancing, limiting direct contact and good hygiene. Your efforts are appreciated and are making a difference.
North Carolina’s Three Phase Plan for Gradual Re-opening
Yesterday, Governor Cooper released North Carolina’s three phase plan for gradual re-opening of North Carolina. This plan aligns with the plan released last week from the White House as well as the steps and timing Dare County has initiated with the Plan for Gradual Lifting of Restrictions to Entry to Dare County.
During his briefing, Governor Cooper shared information about how North Carolina can gradually re-open over three phases to prevent hot spots of viral spread while also beginning to bring our economy back. The phases are based on the best information available now, but could be altered as new information emerges. Dare County’s plan aligns with this strategy and starts with lifting the restriction for entry to Dare County for non-resident property owners beginning May 4.
As part of the plan, the state will continue building capacity to be able to adequately respond to an increase in virus spread to include an increase in laboratory testing, an increase in tracing capability, and availability of personal protective equipment.
Dare County Department of Health and Human Services will work closely with the state regarding updated guidance to further increase testing. The Department has already increased their capacity for contact tracing and will continue working with state partners to ensure the Personal Protective Equipment needs of our local healthcare providers are met.
Use of Masks or Face Coverings
Guidance from the CDC indicates wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) will slow the spread of COVID-19. Simple cloth face coverings can help to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Face coverings or masks are now required to be worn in public settings in Dare County ONLY where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Dare County Health and Human Services has developed a web page to provide a convenient resource with comprehensive and accurate information on face coverings. The page provides resources and tutorials on making your own face coverings, how to wear face coverings, and provides resources for businesses trying to educate and/or enforce this new requirement. Please visit darenc.com/FaceCoverings for more information.
Updated Bulletin Schedule: Starting next week, the Joint Information Center will provide video updates twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the COVID-19 bulletins will be issued three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays unless information warrants additional updates. The Dare County and State COVID-19 case numbers will continue to be updated daily and can be found on the Dare County website at www.darenc.com/covid19.
The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff is available at 252.475.5008 to answer your COVID-19 related questions.
A list of community programs and government services for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at darenc.com/covidresources.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 email@example.com.
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.
To ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees, access to our 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.
While we miss our regular face-to-face interactions with the public, we are thankful to be able to continue our positive engagement with you by other means.
Be sure to follow the Town on Facebook at www.facebook.com/townofkdh or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/townofkdh for additional KDH updates.
Don’t forget to disinfect your electronic devices after using them! This includes your keyboard, mouse, laptops, cell phones, and other electronics that are frequently used. COVID-19 can live on many surfaces for extended periods of time – do your part to stop the spread.
Town of Nags Head
Please remember that while all Town offices remain open, except for the police and fire administrative offices, we are strongly encouraging the public to conduct their business with the Town either online or via the phone. For additional information visit nagsheadnc.gov/coronavirus.
Nags Head’s Fire and Rescue Department will re-start their annual fire inspection program beginning Friday, April 24, 2020. Business owners will be contacted to start the inspection process. The Department is partnering with the town’s local business owners to ensure they are prepared to move forward once businesses can re-open.
We are delaying the start of the summer sanitation schedule from May 1 to May 18, 2020. This change only impacts the town’s Blue and Red Sanitation Routes. In summary, the Red Sanitation Route’s first Saturday trash collection will start on May 23, 2020 and the Blue Sanitation Route’s second day of recycling collection will start on May 22, 2020. To view the collection schedule visit www.nagsheadnc.gov/sanitation.
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.
The next bulletin will be issued no later than Monday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m.