COVID-19 Bulletin #59

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Bulletin #59
May 11, 2020
1:00 p.m.

 Department of Health & Human Services

  • State Cases of COVID-19 

In North Carolina, there are currently 15,045 cases of COVID-19 in 99 counties. There have been 550 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 464 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.

  • County’s Positive Test Results  

Dare County received 3 new positive COVID-19 test results over the weekend. All three of these individuals who tested positive are Dare County residents and acquired the virus by direct contact. All direct contacts identified with these individuals were notified over the weekend.

The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Dare County is 21. Of those 21, 14 have recovered or are asymptomatically cleared, 1 died and 6 are active. Active means an individual currently has the COVID-19 virus and is being monitored daily by the health department. Of the 6 active cases, 1 is hospitalized and the other 5 are recovering in home isolation.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 cases in Dare County and the State of North Carolina, visit

Face Coverings 

The state of North Carolina has moved into phase one of the three-phased approach to lift restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Local regulations are now in accordance with state guidelines and this includes the recommendation to wear face coverings if you will be with other people. Some people have asked why the face coverings are no longer required and only strongly recommended. One reason is to maintain consistency so that Dare County’s regulations are in sync with the state and there is less confusion. The other reason is that a countywide requirement cannot be uniformly enforced.

Local businesses have the ability to require face coverings for their personnel and customers and this is strongly encouraged and enables local businesses to enforce the requirement on site. Printable signage regarding face coverings in businesses is available in the resources section at

Face coverings are a crucial part of the first line of defense against COVID-19. With visitors returning on Saturday, May 16, it is important for each of us to do our part and practice the Three W’s that are recommended by state and local health officials: Wear a face covering, Wash your hands, and Wait six feet apart. Take the right measures to protect yourself, your family, coworkers and the community.

Practice Your Ws

Health officials can’t stress the Three W’s enough – Wear. Wait. Wash. As North Carolina eases some COVID-19 restrictions, the NC Department of Health and Human Services and local public health officials are asking people to remember these three things to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.

If you leave home, practice your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash  

  • Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people.

  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

Vacationing Differently

While the Outer Banks will begin to welcome vacationers on Saturday, May 16, it is important for everyone to understand that vacations and visits to the Outer Banks will look different this year. Businesses have restrictions in place which are mandated by state Executive Order 138.

Restaurants are only permitted to provide take out, drive thru or delivery at this time. No seated service, indoors or outdoors, is allowed under Executive Order 138.

Lodging accommodations are implementing different protocols and procedures to help ensure the safety of guests and staff. You may not see daily housekeeping in hotels, you may not have access to the fitness room or pool. We encourage you to check with your accommodations provider before arrival so you understand what may be different this year compared to previous years.

Dare County

The Dare County Board of Commissioners will hold their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 18 at 5:00 p.m. at the Dare County Administration Building in Manteo. The meeting will be streamed live and can be accessed on the Dare County YouTube Channel. Public comments may be presented to the Board by sending an email prior to or during the meeting to

Large Item Pick-Up in Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon 

Dare County Public Works will complete a previously postponed large item pick‐up for residential customers in Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon on Wednesday, May 13. Due to COVID-19, there will be changes in pick-up procedures. Material MUST be sorted into 4 SEPARATE PILES in front of your property, in the right-of-way. Large Item Pick-Up will be conducted by machinery. Personnel will not sort piles. If an unacceptable item or unsorted pile remains on the roadside following pick-up, that indicates that it has been rejected and must be disposed of at the owner’s expense.

Materials must be at the curbside no later than 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13. There will not be a second-day pick-up. Please note, no commercial business debris will be picked up. The four piles include:

  • Metal and Appliances – please remove refrigerator doors*

  • Furniture, Mattresses and Boxsprings

  • Tires

  • Motor Oil in Spill Proof Containers

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.



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.

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.

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 For additional information or questions, please contact Town Hall at (252) 261-2394 or email whaskett@southernshores-nc.govSouthern Shores Planning Board Notice-Electronic Participation May 18, 2020

Notice is hereby given that the Southern Shores Town Council’s next Workshop meeting is scheduled to be held Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in the Pitts Center located at 5377 N Virginia Dare Trail, Southern Shores, NC (Utilizing the Zoom platform/app). Southern Shores Town Council Workshop Notice-Electronic Participation May 19, 2020

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with the provisions of N.C.G.S. 159-12, the proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, for the Town of Southern Shores has been filed with the Town Clerk and submitted to the Mayor and Council and is available online for public inspection  FY 2020-2021 Proposed Operating Budget

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held in the Pitts Center located at 5377 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Southern Shores, on Monday, June 1, 2020, beginning at 5:30 p.m., for the purpose of receiving input from citizens wishing to comment on the proposed budget for FY2020-2021. Comments can be emailed to the Town Clerk  prior to the public hearing.

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  Permit applications can be submitted online by utilizing the link to Citizenserve on the Town website:  Feel free to call the Planning & Code Enforcement Department at 252-261-2394 ext. 3 should you have any questions.

Town of Kitty Hawk

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.

Town of Kill Devil Hills

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,

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:

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.

View meeting agenda:

View participation instructions:

Town of Nags Head

We’re excited to have visitors back to our area on Saturday, May 16. Please remember to social distance, even on the beach.

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 This work will continue into the summer. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

Town of Manteo

Special Note – The Planning & Zoning Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. on May 12th, and the public may access the meeting by calling +1 312-626-6799, +1-929-436-2866, +1-301-715-8592, or +1-346-248-7799 and entering ID 850-0347-9728.

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.

Special Events – 4th of July and Dare Day cancelled but plan to return in 2021. Downtown Market postponed.


The next bulletin will be issued no later than Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.