COVID-19 Bulletin #44
April 16, 2020
State Cases of COVID-19
In North Carolina, there are currently 5,465 cases of COVID-19 in 94 counties. There have been 131 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 452 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 four days. Dare County remains at 15 positive test results. Of the 15 individuals who have tested positive, 13 have recovered/or are asymptomatically cleared (meaning they are seven days post testing with no symptoms), one is asymptomatic (meaning they have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms), and one died.
Officials Discussing Staged Entry -- No Timeline Yet Established
With the economic hardships created by the COVID-19 crisis, many in the community are anxious for a timeline to establish expanded entry to the County. Dare County’s Stay Home - Stay Healthy order aligns with the Governor’s Stay at Home Order and is effective through April 29.
The Dare County Control Group meets frequently for updates regarding COVID-19 and to address all related issues and concerns. As April 29 approaches, the Control Group will continue to have serious discussions about ways to most effectively balance the health of our community and the economic impacts, in order to make decisions that are in the best interest of all. Local officials have begun those discussions regarding the timeline for entry to the County. When implemented, it is likely that a staged entry process will be implemented to allow non-resident property owners entry before allowing entry to visitors.
As decisions on entry are made, consideration is being given to the Governor’s actions regarding the state’s Stay at Home order, the scientific data including trends and models that are frequently changing, the capacity of local health providers, and the ability of local merchants to provide essential goods and services.
Complete the 2020 Census Today, Even If You Haven’t Received An Invitation
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 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.
During these trying times, assistance is available. A list of community programs and government services aimed at helping those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at darenc.com/covidresources.
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.
Town of Duck
To protect our citizens and staff, we ask you to call or email the office to ask how we may be able to assist you remotely. Staff are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. The public safety building remains closed to non-emergency visitors.
Bulk trash collection scheduled for April 17 has been postponed. Please do not place items at the curb at this time. Dispose of what will fit in your trash can. We will reschedule the collection as soon as possible. Bulk waste permits are currently not available from the office due to the temporary closure of the Kitty Hawk facility.
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 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 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.
The changes and sacrifices we have been making have not been easy, but they are making a difference. During this challenging time, it is important that we choose to speak with kindness. Whether you are speaking with neighbors, an out-of-towner, Town Staff, or commenting on social media, please choose kindness and civility. Kill Devil Hills has an abundant amount of neighborly spirit, let’s share it with everyone.
We're in this together. We’ll get through this together. Please continue to be a part of the solution to flatten the curve by following the Stay Home Stay Healthy Order. And, in a world where you can be anything, be kind.
Please visit our website, www.kdhnc.com for information on modifications to daily operations/services, closed facilities, meeting/event cancellations, contact information for various Town Departments, and other updates.
The Town would like to thank those who emailed comments for the April 15, 2020 Nags Head Board of Commissioners meeting. A video of the meeting is available on the Town’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/QK6ILq7RJyI.
The next meeting of Nags Head’s Planning Board will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 9 AM. This meeting will be held electronically using the online ZOOM meeting platform. More information on the meeting, such as a link and a call-in number, will be added to the Town’s web site at http://nagsheadnc.gov/261/Planning-Board.
Special Note – Dare Day 2020 cancelled but planned to return in 2021. 05/02 Litter Pick-Up postponed to 11/14. Downtown Market postponed until further notice.
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.
The next bulletin will be issued no later than 1 p.m. on Friday, April 17.