COVID-19 Bulletin #55

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Bulletin #55
May 4, 2020
1:00 p.m.

Department of Health & Human Services

  • State Cases of COVID-19   In North Carolina, there are currently 11,848 cases of COVID-19 in 99 counties. There have been 430 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 498 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.

  • County’s Positive Test Results   Two additional positive test results were reported to the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services the evening of May 1, 2020, bringing the total count of positive test results to 18. These two individuals who tested positive are family members of the individual whose positive test result was reported on April 30, 2020. These cases were acquired by direct contact and are not indicative of community spread.

The Dare County COVID-19 webpage 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.

Phased Entry for Property Owners Continues Through Friday

 Dare County is open to non-resident property owners who have a valid entry permit with matching government-issued ID according to the schedule below:

  • Monday, May 4 – Entry is ongoing for non-resident property owners whose last name begins with A – I.

  • Wednesday, May 6 at 6:00 a.m. – Entry begins and is ongoing for non-resident property owners whose last name begins with J – R.

  • Friday, May 8 at 6:00 a.m. – Entry begins and is ongoing for non-resident property owners whose last name begins with S – Z.

Entry permits can be obtained at darenc.com/entry. Following the instructions provided, non-resident property owners can receive permits by applying online. Permits will be issued to the two “Primary Owners” listed on the tax record for each property. Those who are entering should have permits and proper identification ready before approaching the entry checkpoint. A list of frequently asked questions about entry to Dare County is available on the COVID-19 FAQs page.

All non-resident property owners should bring their own supplies to sustain themselves in their homes as much as possible, including groceries, prescriptions, paper products and other essentials.

Public Safety Alerts

As planned and announced in Bulletin #54, Dare County Emergency Management utilized the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to issue a public safety alert this morning. IPAWS allows public safety messages to be sent to enabled wireless cellular devices that are in or that enter Dare County.

The goal of using IPAWS to issue these public safety alerts is to raise awareness of the State and County stay at home orders that are in place, as well as the Dare County requirement to wear a face-covering in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain. As our population gradually increases these alerts will be helpful in ensuring individuals in Dare County are informed of the required measures in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Future alerts will be issued late morning to early afternoon.

Dare County

The Dare County Board of Commissioners will hold their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 5 at 9:00 a.m. at the Dare County Administration Building in Manteo. The meeting will be streamed live and can be accessed via YouTube at https://youtu.be/tslxP71a6uQ or www.currenttv.org. Public comments may be presented to the Board by sending an email during the meeting to DCBOC@darenc.com.

Item 3 on the agenda is a public hearing for the Flood Maps, Flood Ordinance and Zoning Amendments. Item 4 on the agenda is a public hearing for the Adoption of 2020 S-12 Supplement to the County of Dare Code of Ordinances for Publication.

Comments may be submitted for the public hearings by emailing dcboc@darenc.com during the meeting.

Dare County continues to provide services for residents, property owners and businesses. Be sure to call the department or office before you visit to reduce the need for in-person interactions. For a listing of departments and their altered or online services, visit darenc.com/covidservices.

For a list of national, state, and local resources to help individuals, families and businesses during this difficult time, visit darenc.com/covidresources.

The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 252-475-5008 to answer your COVID-19-related questions.

The Outer Banks Hospital
First, we welcome back our non-resident property owners to the Outer Banks.

Beginning today, Monday, May 4, The Outer Banks Hospital is taking a purposeful and phased approach to increasing access to outpatient radiology and essential surgery cases that, if not taken care of within four weeks would cause harm to our patients. This defined process includes sterilization and cleaning protocols carried out by specially-trained environmental services teams who have ensured – and will continue to ensure – surfaces are fully sanitized. The phased approach also includes ongoing review and confirmation of adequate PPE and other supplies necessary to support team member and patient safety. Patient screening and testing are required 48-hours prior to surgery and strict protocols are in place to address positive results.

Most importantly, we encourage you to emphasize to your family, friends and neighbors that emergency care should not be delayed. There have been no changes in how we treat emergent cases, and necessary surgeries and procedures will not be delayed.

As essential care and services are phased in, we must all remember that COVID-19 remains a highly infectious respiratory virus without a vaccine or effective treatment. Our visitor restrictions and universal masking requirements remain in place. It is still important that we all continue to practice social distancing and proper hand hygiene, and that we stay home as much as possible to help stop the spread.

Town of Duck

To protect our citizens and staff, we ask you to call or email the office to ask how we can assist you remotely. Staff are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

252-255-1234

info@townofduck.com

www.townofduck.com

Services

Residential trash will be collected on Mondays and Fridays. Residential recycling will be collected every Monday. No items outside the receptacles will be collected. For more information, click here.

Bulk waste permits are now available through the Town’s administrative office. Please call the office to arrange for a permit.

The bulk pick up will be scheduled once Waste Management workers can collect safely for their workers due to COVID-19.

The Public Safety building is closed to non-emergency issues, including facility tours and the T-shirt shop.

Commercial solid waste collection will occur on Mondays through the week of May 4. Changes to the once a week schedule will be evaluated and communicated based on volume.

Meetings

The Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, will be available for public viewing and participation through Zoom. The agenda and instructions for viewing and participating will are available on the website.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9urYWqNCTfqiU75R3yIjYw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar by computer or phone.

To submit public comment, please email councilmeeting@townofduck.com by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, May 6. You must include your name and address and keep your comments to 3 minutes or less when read aloud. Public comments will be read into the record during the meeting.

Town of Kitty Hawk

Town Council will Livestream their Monday, May 4, 2020 Meeting   Click here to view the agenda.  There will be several ways to watch, listen and or participate.  Click here for more information.

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 of Kill Devil Hills

The Town’s top priority continues to be the health, safety, and well-being of everyone.

Kill Devil Hills’ offices are accessible by appointment only. 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. If you have business with the Town that can only be addressed in person, please call or email us to schedule an appointment. For each Department’s contact information and updates to their daily operations, visit our website, www.kdhnc.com.

The Town’s Dry Trash Drop Off and Recycle Center reopens today, May 4th. Please visit www.kdhnc.com/DocumentCenter/View/12310 for information on the Center’s hours of operations and implemented guidelines for use.

We understand the desire to be outside is more powerful than ever. The sunshine and warmer temperatures are bringing citizens out to the beach and parks. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to keep a distance of at least six feet between you and others, and to limit group sizes to less than 10 people, even if you have no symptoms.

Thank you for continuing to do your part. We know it’s not easy, but you are making a difference.

Town of Nags Head

The Nags Head Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 will be conducted electronically and can be accessed by the public via the Zoom platform. To view and listen to the Board meeting remotely, register at https://nagsheadnc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X3rSOv97QACYiHGinxB1Qw.

Please email comments for the public comment portion or for the public hearings to publiccomment050620@nagsheadnc.gov. Emailed comments will also be accepted during the Board meeting until the end of the Public Comment portion of the meeting or up until each Public Hearing is closed. Comments need to include your name and address and should be limited to five minutes when read aloud.

If you would like to participate in any of the public hearings, or need other special considerations, please contact Town Clerk Carolyn Morris at carolyn.morris@nagsheadnc.gov or at 252-449-2009 until 9 am on May 6, 2020. The Town will provide a means to participate in the meeting remotely using video conferencing software.

For those who have not been in the area recently, we’re making a lot of improvements, such as installing water lines and extending our multi-use path, along the southbound lane of South Croatan Highway between Hollowell Street near Mile Post 12 south to the Outlets Nags Head  in the 7100 block of South Croatan Highway near Mile Post 16. Be prepared for closures of the right lane of the highway in this area. For more information, visit https://www.nagsheadnc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=259. This work will continue into the summer. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

Nags Head’s Planning and Development Department continues to encourage everyone to conduct their business with the Town either online or via the phone. Trade permits can be applied for and issued online. Online permitting is also available for sign permits, commercial and residential repair permits, residential demolition permits, and residential remodel permits (without additional heated square footage).

Online permitting is available at https://selfservice.nagsheadnc.gov/MSS/citizens/Default.aspx. For most every other permit or approval, the department can make arrangements to coordinate the submittal of applications and materials, issue permits, and take payments (the Town has temporarily waived all payment service fees). If you need assistance, call or email first (252-441-7016 or planning@nagsheadnc.gov) and the department will find a way to accommodate your needs.

Town of Manteo

Special Note – The Board of Commissioners will meet on 05/06 at 6:30 p.m. The public may access the meeting by calling +1-253-215-8782, +1-301-715-8592, or +1-346-248-7799 and then entering the Meeting ID of 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 – Dare Day 2020 cancelled but planned to return in 2021. Downtown Market postponed.

The next bulletin will be issued no later than Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.