May 8, 2020
Department of Health & Human Services
State Cases of COVID-19
In North Carolina, there are currently 13,868 cases of COVID-19 in 99 counties. There have been 527 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 515 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.
County’s Positive Test Results
The number of positive tests results in Dare County has remained at 18 for the past 7 days. For the most up to date information on COVID-19 cases in Dare County and the State of North Carolina, visit darenc.com/covid19.
Moving Into Phase 1 of the State’s Stay at Home Order
Beginning at 5 p.m. today, Phase 1 of North Carolina’s Stay at Home Order becomes effective. More businesses can open and people are allowed to venture out for more reasons. Businesses that do open have to implement social distancing and cleaning rules, just like those currently in place at grocery and hardware stores. State parks can also open, but with limits on the number of people who can gather there.
Phase 1 Guidance for Business Operations
As we ease into Phase 1 of the State’s Stay Home Order, Dare County Health and Human Services is providing public health messaging and guidance for businesses to use. Visit www.darenc.com/covidbusiness to download printable files.
Dare County Health and Human Services staff is available to assist local businesses with COVID-19 related questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please continue to support our local restaurants. Restaurants continue to be able to offer service only through take out, drive-through and delivery. Lodging establishments which traditionally service breakfast or other meals are also only able to provide meals to go. No sit-down dining is allowed under the State’s Executive Order 138.
Face Masks and The Three W’s
COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus and remains a significant public health threat. The virus may be spread unknowingly by an asymptomatic individual. For the protection of those around you, it is strongly encouraged that you wear a mask in public settings where social distancing cannot be maintained. Please note that some businesses may require customers to wear masks for entry into the business. Always follow the three W’s when you leave your home: Wear a face covering, Wash your hands, and Wait six feet apart.
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.
Dare County Health and Human Services staff is available to answer COVID-19-related questions. The Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and can be reached at 252-475-5008.
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.
Commercial solid waste and recycling collection will move to twice a week beginning May 18.
Due to continued safety restrictions in place by Waste Management to keep their workers healthy, the normally scheduled bulk pickup for spring has been cancelled. To learn how and where to dispose of bulk waste in Dare County, please visit our website or contact the office. We apologize for the inconvenience.
With heavy hearts, the Town has made the decision to cancel Town sponsored summer events through July 5. This includes the 4th of July parade and community celebration. We will miss these opportunities to enjoy our community members. The Town Park and Boardwalk will remain open, and we look forward to providing entertainment when it’s safe to gather again.
The recording of the May 6 Town Council meeting is available on our website and YouTube page.
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-Notice is hereby given that the Southern Shores Planning Board will meet on May 18, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Pitts Center located at 5377 N. Virginia Dare Trl. The purpose of the meeting is for the Board to continue its consideration of the new flood maps and update to Southern Shores Town Code Chapter 16, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. The Draft Ordinance, preliminary flood maps, and additional flood information can be found on the Town website at https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/httpsouthernshores-nc-govsfloodprotection/. For additional information or questions, please contact Town Hall at (252) 261-2394 or email email@example.com. Southern Shores Planning Board Notice-Electronic Participation May 18, 2020
Bulk Trash Collection: The Town of Southern Shores will collect APPROVED bulk waste items within the Town on Saturday, May 30th, 2020. Approved items for collection may be placed in the street right-of-way not earlier than Saturday, May 23rd, 2020. Items should be ready for pick-up no later than 5:00 a.m. on the scheduled bulk waste collection day. (Click for more info)
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 offices are open normal business hours 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Face-to-face contact will be 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, see below.
The Town Council will hold a Budget Workshop on May 11, 2020 at 9:00 am. The meeting will be held at Kitty Hawk Town Hall, 101 Veterans Memorial Drive. To View the Agenda, please follow this link.
To Listen via Zoom
By Phone: – Please note Long Distance Charges May Apply
Dial the following number:
1 (646) 558-8656
Enter meeting ID: 959 9904 5987
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. For each Department’s contact information and updates to their daily operations, visit our website, www.kdhnc.com.
Reminder: The Town’s Dry Trash Drop Off and Recycle Center is open; however, there is a temporary change in the hours of operation as well as implemented guidelines for use. For more information, please visit: www.kdhnc.com/DocumentCenter/View/12310
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 Monday, May 11, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., using Zoom software. There are several methods the public can participate in or view the meeting.
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The Town of Nags Head remains open and conducting business. However, to ensure everyone’s safety, if you have business with the Town, please check our website at www.nagsheadnc.gov/coronavirus for the most efficient and safe way to conduct business with us. If you do not find what you need on the web site, please call us at 252-441-5508 to make an appoint to meet with our staff. If you must visit a Town office, please wear a mask if a distance of six feet from other people cannot be maintained. Note that our Public Works office is very small and that to conduct business at Town Hall you must visit the second floor, which requires either using our small elevator or walking up a flight of stairs, both of which are limited in space.
A video of the May 6, 2020 meeting of Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners is available on the Town’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/townofnagshead.
Due to the pandemic, curbside bulk items/brush collection service, which usually ends on March 31 of each year, has been extended until May 24, 2020 to ensure that all of our property owners can take advantage of the service.
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.
Special Note – 4th of July and Dare Day cancelled but plan to return in 2021. Downtown Market postponed.
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 until 05/16.
Most Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches remain open for the purpose of staying healthy while following federal and state guidelines to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Beach users can help keep these areas open by staying at least 6 feet from each other and by not creating a gathering of 10 or more people in a single location. Additionally, vehicles on the beach should be parked roughly 20 feet apart. For current beach access information, go to: http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess. Off-road vehicle permits can be purchased online at www.recreation.gov.
All indoor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are temporarily closed. Outdoor areas, including lighthouse grounds, are open.
As services are limited, the National Park Service urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.
The 2020 lighthouse climbing seasons at the Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island lighthouses, and camping seasons at Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco, and Ocracoke campgrounds, are postponed until further notice.
The next bulletin will be issued no later than Monday, May 11, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.