COVID-19 Bulletin #60

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Bulletin #60
May 13, 2020
1:30 p.m.

Department of Health & Human Services

  • State Cases of COVID-19 

In North Carolina, there are currently 15,816 cases of COVID-19 in 99 counties. There have been 597 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 521 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.

  • County’s Positive Test Results  

The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Dare County is 21. Of those 21, 16 have recovered or are asymptomatically cleared, 1 died and 4 are active. For the most up to date information on COVID-19 cases in Dare County and the State of North Carolina, visit  darenc.com/covid19.

Business Guidance 

Policies currently in place for Dare County align with North Carolina’s three-phased approach to lift restrictions. Phase 1 of the plan is currently in effect and all businesses are reminded to ensure they follow the state’s executive order guidelines. No date has been announced by the state for the implementation of Phase 2 which is expected to include limited opening of restaurants, bars and other businesses that can follow strict safety protocols (reduced capacity).

With the return of visitors this weekend, many local businesses are in the process of reopening and following recommended guidance from health officials to protect public health and safety. This involves implementing updated procedures for cleaning, screening employees, and planning for ways to maintain social distancing within their store. Visit darenc.com/covidbusiness to access the County’s webpage that is designed specifically to answer frequently asked questions and provide resources for Dare County businesses.

A number of questions have arisen regarding what will happen in certain circumstances as our population increases. Some questions are employee-related, others have to do with cleaning, while some want to know what to do if a positive test is reported by a guest staying in a rental home or hotel room. DCDHHS provides answers to all of these questions and more at darenc.com/covidbusiness.

The page will continue to be updated as additional questions arise. If you need additional information please e-mail covid19@darenc.com.

Continue to Practice the Three W’s 

You will continue to hear local and state health officials stress the importance of the Three W’s (Wear. Wait. Wash.) to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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.

Make this your mantra. Focus on practicing and repeating these three things and encouraging others to do the same. It can make a positive difference for our community. Also, help share accurate information –  a packet of graphics and social media posts have been compiled and are available at darenc.com/covidbusiness for you and your business to share.

Testing and Positive Cases 

As reported yesterday in the Health and Human Services Director’s video, the number of COVID-19 tests being reported in Dare County has been increasing over time.  As testing increases there may be more laboratory-confirmed cases. Each day, seven days a week, DCHHS updates the COVID-19 case counts for Dare County and North Carolina on the Dare County website. This data now includes the active count. For the most up to date information on COVID-19 cases, visit  darenc.com/covid19.

Trends and Key Metrics

NCDHHS is providing trend updates on the four key metrics being tracked as part of their COVID-19  disease investigation and surveillance. The data provides important information on the intensity and spread of COVID-19 in our community. The four key metrics being tracked include weekly number of tests, laboratory confirmed cases, positive tests as a percent of total tests and COVID like illness surveillance. Dare County DHHS Director Dr. Sheila Davies provides a weekly update on these key metrics for Dare County that is shared as part of her Tuesday video message. This reporting will continue through the summer.

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 dcboc@darenc.com.

During the May 18 Commissioners meeting, there will be a Public Hearing on Temporary Provisions for Restaurants and Mobile Food Units. Comments for the Public Hearing may be sent via email to dcboc@darenc.com.

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

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 https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/httpsouthernshores-nc-govsfloodprotection/. For additional information or questions, please contact Town Hall at (252) 261-2394 or email whaskett@southernshores-nc.gov.  Southern 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 skane@southernshores-nc.gov  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 dshelton@southernshores-nc.gov.  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.

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

As steps are cautiously being taken to ease certain restrictions, it is critically important that you do not let your guard down. COVID-19 is still circulating, and until there is a medical vaccine, we all must continue to act as the vaccine. Our community has done a great job at lessening the spread of the virus by maintaining our physical distance, washing our hands frequently, and wearing a cloth face covering when in public settings. These protective actions are still very much necessary. The daily changes and sacrifices we have been making haven’t been easy, but they are making a difference – YOU are making a difference! Continue strong, Kill Devil Hills! We’re all in this together, and we’ll all get through this together.

Please visit our website, www.kdhnc.com for information on modifications to daily operations/services, closures, contact information for various Town Departments, and other updates.

Board of Commissioners Meeting: The May 11, 2020, KDH Board of Commissioners meeting is available for viewing at: https://youtu.be/a7N9LPb7Lgo

Town of Nags Head
The Nags Head Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 will be conducted electronically and can be accessed by the public via the Zoom platform. The agenda, as well as directions for public comment and viewing the meeting will be available on the Town’s website at www.nagsheadnc.gov/bocagenda. Information will be included at the top of the agenda, which will be posted by 5 pm on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

For those who plan to travel in or through Nags Head, we’re currently installing nearly 2 miles of multi-use path along the westernmost southbound lane of South Croatan Highway. Be prepared for closures of the right lane of the highway anywhere from Hollowell Street near Mile Post 12 south to the Outlets Nags Head near Mile Post 16. For more information, visit https://www.nagsheadnc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=259.

Surf, fish, stroll, or simply relax on our beaches, but, please follow social distancing guidelines and avoid large groups.

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 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 Friday, May 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.