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COVID-19 Bulletin #45

Post Date:04/17/2020 12:46 PM

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Bulletin #45
April 17, 2020
1:00 p.m.

State Cases of COVID-19

In North Carolina, there are currently 5,859 cases of COVID-19 in 93 counties. There have been 152 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 429 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness. 

County’s Positive Test Results Remains at 15 

The number of positive COVID-19 test results remains at 15. Fourteen have recovered/or are asymptomatically cleared (meaning they are seven days post testing with no symptoms) and one died. 

Proposed State and Federal Guidance for Opening 

Within the past two days, both North Carolina and the White House have released guidance on pathways to open up the state and nation. Both recognize the value the restrictive measures have had on slowing the spread of COVID-19 and both also acknowledge the significant socioeconomic impact these measures are having as well. The guidance from the state and nation is aligned with the understanding that the COVID-19 virus will be with us for a long time and the necessity of lifting restrictions incrementally. A phased reopening will help ensure that hospitals do not become overwhelmed and unable to care for severely ill patients.

Officials Continue Discussing Entry to Dare County

Locally, we are closely monitoring what is happening at the local, state level and federal level. Local officials will continue to have serious discussions about ways to most effectively balance the health of our community and the economic impacts. They will base their decisions on what is in the best interest of our community based on the scientific data including trends and models that are frequently changing, the capacity of local healthcare providers, and the ability of local merchants to provide essential goods and services.  

Continue Stay Home, Stay Healthy Guidelines

As we head into another weekend, please remember how important it is for each of us to follow the Stay Home, Stay Healthy guidance - maintain social distancing, limit direct contact other than family members and practice good hygiene. We also recommend wearing a cloth face covering when making trips to purchase essentials. Our individual actions have a direct impact on the health of our community! 

Beach Food Pantry

In order to properly observe social distancing recommendations, the Beach Food Pantry has moved to an online application and appointment only process. Please complete the application at https://bit.ly/BFPApply Once the completed application is received, you will be contacted to set up an appointment and will need to go through this process each time you need assistance.   

This process applies for those seeking in-person help and also for those requesting delivery because 

  • you are over 70 years old

  • you are immunocompromised at any age

  • you have received a positive or inconclusive COVID-19 diagnosis and you are quarantined at home

If you are coming to our site, we will ask you to bring a cell phone with at least 30 minutes of talk time with you. We will also expect you to bring the IDs you noted in the online application and display the ID through your car window. And, you must stay in your car the entire time. Volunteers will call you at your appointment time and walk you through all the items we have available so that you can tell us what you'd like. 

We are sensitive to the fact that not everyone has internet access. If you need assistance in completing this process, please contact us at 252-261-2756. We want to help! However, we have limited labor resources, so please do not call us unless you absolutely cannot accomplish it any other way.  

We are also aware that some may have limited minutes. Please let us know that when you arrive so that we can work out a solution for you on site.  

Lastly, we are extremely grateful to all the donors that have been supporting us. However, we are asking that no donations be brought between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  We need to focus 100% on clients during that time and our parking lot cannot accommodate all of the cars.

Dare County

The Dare County Board of Commissioners will hold their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 20 at 5:00 p.m. at the Dare County Administration Building in Manteo. The meeting will be streamed live and can be accessed via www.darenc.com or www.currenttv.org. Public comments may be submitted to the Board by sending an email during the meeting to dcboc@darenc.com. Item 3 on the agenda is a public hearing for the Series 2020A Refunding Limited Obligation Bonds. Comments may be submitted for the hearing by emailing dcboc@darenc.com during the meeting. 

The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center can be reached at 252-475-5008 and is open until 5:00 p.m. today and will reopen on Monday, April 20 at 8:30 a.m. Staff is available to answer your COVID-19 related questions. 

A list of community programs and government services for 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.

The Town of Duck Police Department continues to monitor unoccupied properties throughout town. Should signs of unauthorized entry or other issues be observed, the homeowner or property management company will be contacted.

For more information, click here.

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 Kitty Hawk Recycle Center will reopen on Monday April 20th with regular hours.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday:  8:00am - 3:00pm

Wednesday and Sunday: Closed

Recycle Center Attendants will not be able to assist with the unloading of materials. Please respect social distancing guidelines. Should these guidelines not be practiced, the Center may have to close again. Any questions may be directed to Public Works by phone at 252-261-1367 or email wmidgett@kittyhawktown.net.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding, and helping to maintain a safe environment for both residents and employees.

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

In order for us to be together, for now, we must remain apart. Keep doing your share, Kill Devil Hills! Help protect yourself, your family, and our community from COVID-19. Continue to stay home, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and wear a cloth face covering when out for essential trips. Be the vaccine! Together, we will beat this virus. 

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.  

Planning Board Meeting:

The April 16, 2020, KDH Planning Board meeting is available for viewing at: https://youtu.be/ROeEJTfIxZk 

Town of Nags Head 

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.

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.

Special Events – 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.

The next bulletin will be issued no later than 1 p.m. on Monday, April 20.   


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