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COVID-19 Bulletin #43

Post Date:04/15/2020 12:54 PM

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Bulletin #43
April 15, 2020
1:00 p.m.

State Cases of COVID-19

In North Carolina, there are currently 5,123 cases of COVID-19 in 93 counties. There have been 117 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 431 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness. 

County’s Positive Test Results Count Remains the Same

There have been no changes in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Dare County over the past three days. Dare County remains at 15 positive test results. Of the 15 individuals who have tested positive, 11 have recovered/or are asymptomatically cleared (meaning they are seven days post testing with no symptoms), three are asymptomatic (meaning they have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms), and one died. 

Local Testing for COVID-19 

Every day, healthcare providers in Dare County are testing individuals they believe are in need of COVID-19 testing and meet the following criteria: fever of 100.4 or higher, cough and respiratory illness. While the test results received over the past few days have all been negative, this does not mean that the COVID-19 is not in our community. Remember, the CDC reports that approximately 25% of patients with COVID-19 do not show symptoms. We all must continue to do our part to keep our community healthy.

Importance of Continuing to Follow the Guidelines to Slow the Spread

An integral part of the COVID-19 public health response is community awareness and health education about the importance of social distancing, limiting direct contact, and proper handwashing and hygiene. The community’s diligence in practicing these measures is directly related to slowing the spread of COVID-19. According to Dr. Sheila Davies, Dare County Health and Human Services Director, “ I do believe what we are seeing in Dare County right now is a result of good public health practice. Much of the work of public health occurs in collaboration with key stakeholders, including community members.”

Economic Impact Payments

The IRS has launched the Get My Payment web application for Economic Impact Payments at IRS.gov. Due to high demand, there may be a delay while accessing the online tool. The web application will help taxpayers receive their stimulus check as quickly as possible. Get My Payment will also allow citizens to track the status of their payment. Taxpayers will need their social security number, date of birth, and mailing address. The IRS has created an Economic Impact Payments Information Center to answer questions about eligibility, payment amounts, what to expect, when to expect it and more. 

The IRS and the U.S. Department of Treasury urge taxpayers to be on the lookout for scammers and email phishing attempts about the COVID-19 and Economic Impact Payments. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.

Dare County

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 full listing of departments and online services, visit www.darenc.com/covidservices.

It is more important than ever to respond to the census. Take just 10 minutes to complete the survey for your household. Complete the 2020 Census online at my2020census.gov (using your physical street address), or by phone at 1-844-330-2020 (English) or 1-844-468-2020 (Spanish). An accurate count of the people living in Dare County is vital to ensure our community receives funding to support agencies and programs that affect healthcare, social services, emergency response, education, and more. 

The Dare County Center is offering Medicare counseling services over the phone for anyone new to Medicare or needing information about supplement and prescription drug plans. Please call 252.475.9270 to schedule an appointment. 

The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center can be reached at 252-475-5008 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Staff is available to answer your all COVID-19 related question.   

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 – The April 20, 2020 Planning Board meeting has been cancelled.  Consideration of the new flood maps and update to Southern Shores Town Code Chapter 16, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance will be added to the next meeting agenda.  The next scheduled meeting is to be held on May 18, 2020. A Special Meeting could be called prior to that meeting in the event the current COVID-19 situation improves within that timeframe.

The Southern Shores Town Council will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., in the Pitts Center located at 5377 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Southern Shores, NC 27949. The purpose of the Special Meeting is to conduct a Closed Session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11 (a)(6) regarding the ongoing Town Manager selection process. The Closed Session will be the only item of business.

The Southern Shores Town Council’s next Workshop meeting is scheduled to be held Tuesday, April 21, 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 Notice-Electronic Participation April 21, 2020

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.

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 Town's Planning Board Meeting Scheduled for April 16, 2020 has been cancelled due to no submissions. 

The Town's Spring Chipping Service has been rescheduled for April 27, 2020.  Please place your debris in the right of way, at least 3 feet from the side of the road.  Debris can be no larger than 4 inches in diameter and 6 feet long. No stumps, lumber, leaves or yard clippings will be collected.    

Town of Kill Devil Hills

Thank you to everyone making sacrifices and staying at home. We know it’s not easy, but you are making a difference. Social distancing is not just about your health. It is about the health of your friends, your family, and your community. Social distancing is one of the precautionary measures that the Town has been practicing in an effort to keep both our Staff and customers protected.

Access to Town 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.

Throughout this difficult and uncertain time, we want to assure you that the Town of Kill Devil Hills is here for you. We will continue communicating information, sharing preparedness measures, and providing our usual top-notch customer service. 

Planning Board Meeting:

In order to maintain the safety of Town residents, Staff, and board members, the Kill Devil Hills Planning Board will conduct an electronic meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., using Zoom software. There are several methods the public can participate in or view the meeting. 

View meeting agenda:

www.kdhnc.com/DocumentCenter/View/12254/41620-Planning-Board-Agenda 

View participation instructions:

https://www.kdhnc.com/DocumentCenter/View/12255/4162020-Planning-Board-Meeting-Instructions 

Kill Devil Hills is making every effort to ensure that the public is able to not only listen to the meeting, but also to participate in the public comment portion of the Planning Board meeting while still maintaining all of the Town’s statutory requirements and keeping the public safe. Thank you for your interest in the Town and your patience and understanding during this unusual time. 

Town of Nags Head 

A recording of the April 15, 2020 meeting will be available on the Town's YouTube channel at youtube.com/townofnagshead as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.

Town of Manteo
Board Meeting – 04/15 Board of Commissioners meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. via teleconference. Public can call in at 253/215-8782, 301/715-8592, or 346/248-7799 and then enter Meeting ID 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 – 05/02 Litter Pick-Up postponed to 11/14. Downtown Market postponed until further notice.

The next bulletin will be issued no later than 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.  

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