NCDHHS RESPONSE TO COVID-19
COVID-19 Case Count in NC: www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-nc
April 8: Executive Order 130 provides more access to health care beds, expands the pool of health care workers and orders essential childcare services for workers responding to the crisis.
March 31: Executive Order 124 issued prohibiting utilities services from disconnecting people unable to bay bills.
- March 30: Executive Order 121, a statewide Stay at Home Order in effect through April 29. Read the Stay at Home Order FAQs.
March 23: Executive Order closed K-12 public schools through May 15.
March 18: North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19.
Reliable Social Media Sources:
Dare County Government
Department of Health & Human Services Facebook Page
Dare County Twitter
The Dare County Control Group declared a State of Emergency for Dare County and has established a Joint Information Center to coordinate important communications from towns and agencies to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
A “Stay Home - Stay Healthy” declaration for Dare County, which aligns with North Carolina's statewide Stay at Home order, is in effect to further minimize opportunities for exposure and transmission of COVID-19.
EVERYONE must stay at home except to:
- Work at essential businesses and institutions
- Visit essential businesses and institutions (e.g., grocery stores, pharmacies, doctors & healthcare providers)
- Care for a family member (if there is an urgent need)
- Exercise outdoors (while maintaining social distancing)
EVERYONE is required to:
- Not gather in groups of more than 10 people
- Practice social distancing by maintaining at least a six foot distance between you and others
Frequently asked questions about the order, summaries of what citizens can do and should not do, and other information can be found here.
Visitors and non-resident property owners are prohibited from entering Dare County. This decision was made by the Dare County Control Group due to the unprecedented health threat posed by COVID-19 to protect public health and safety. The guidelines are in keeping with with the President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America to limit the risk of exposure and the spread of COVID-19. Visit darenc.com/entry for complete information.
Dare County Division of Public Health announces three additional cases of COVID-19.
04/09/2020 1:10 PM
Dare County reports first death related to COVID-19.
04/09/2020 11:10 AM
Many have asked questions about Dare County's readiness in the event we begin to see a large increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases. Across the nation, state, as well as in Dare County, agencies are taking all steps possible to address the COVID-19 public health emergency.
04/08/2020 1:04 PM
As of today, a total of 10 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Dare County.
04/07/2020 12:36 PM
Dare County is taking actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and offering services in alternative ways. As the situation progresses, office closures may occur, however, services will continue to be provided. For any type of service, please call the department or office before you visit to reduce the need for in-person interactions. While there may be changes to some programs and services, County staff will continue to provide essential operations for our residents and businesses. For a full listing of departments and online services, visit www.darenc.com/covidservices.
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.
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.
The Town office will be closed on Friday, April 10 for the holiday. We’ll reopen on Monday, April 13 at 9 a.m.
Following the Mayor's declaration of a State of Emergency, the Town of Southern Shores is taking proactive steps to protect the health and well-being of our citizens and staff in the face of growing cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 both around the nation and here in North Carolina. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 and continuing until further notice, government operations for the Town of Southern Shores have been modified in the following manner:
Town Hall is currently closed to the public and all Town Hall business is being conducted via phone, email, fax, or other virtual means. Documents requiring delivery to Town Staff can be placed in the drop box located outside of the main entrance to Town Hall (nearest the flagpole).
The Southern Shores Town Council held a meeting on April 7, 2020 , which is available for viewing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JnhfT87RAY&feature=youtu.be
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.
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/. The online portal will allow you to submit permit applications and view the status of your permits after they have been accepted. Once you log in to your account for the first time, we ask that you click on the link to ‘Update My Information’ and submit the most accurate and current information for yourself or your business, including contractor licensing information as it appears on the State website. Feel free to call the Planning & Code Enforcement Department at 252-261-2394 ext. 3 should you have any questions.
Trash and Recycling
Trash and recycling are being collected as scheduled.
Bulk Waste Collection
The semi-annual bulk waste collection that was scheduled for April 3, 2020 has been postponed. A new collection date will be scheduled and announced as soon as possible.
Police Department Building
The Police Department Building is currently closed to the public and all non-emergent business is being conducted via phone, email, fax, or other virtual means. If you have business with the Police Department and need to contact someone there, please call 252-261-3331 or email Jennifer Couture at email@example.com. In the event of an emergency, please call 911. For all non-emergencies, please call the non-emergency dispatch number at 252-473-3444.
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 April 6, 2020 Town Council Meeting Can Be Viewed Here: April 6, 2020 Town Council Meeting
Please send comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time. Please note in your email that you would like your statement to be read at the meeting and be sure to include your full name and address.
Other Town Information:
The Town has begun mobile Ocean Rescue Patrol, daily between the hours of 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.
The Town’s Recycle Center will be closed until further notice.
The playgrounds at Paul Pruitt Park and Sandy Run Park are closed. The parks will remain open for passive recreational activities. When visiting any of the Town’s parks please practice social distancing.
The Spring Chipping Service will not be held in April and has been postponed until the Fall.
Department Contact Information:
Town Hall and Planning
Kitty Hawk Police Department
As always, call 911 for any emergency. Non-emergency calls can be made to Dare Central at 252-473-3444.
Kitty Hawk Fire Department
Kitty Hawk Public Works
As we do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, by encouraging social distancing, access to our offices remain restricted. All 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.
The Town of Kill Devil Hills offices will be closed on Friday, 4/10/20, in observance of Good Friday. All Town offices will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, 4/13/20.
Water disconnections for nonpayment are suspended until 6/1/20. In addition, no new penalties or late fees will be applied during this time. However, customers are still responsible for making payments for water services. If you would like to set up a six-month payment plan, contact our Public Services Department at 252-480-4080. More information can also be found on the Town’s website.
For Solid Waste information, including adjustments for the Good Friday holiday and the bulk trash collection schedule: www.kdhnc.com/CivicSend/ViewMessage/Message/108836
Kill Devil Hills’ Town offices are accessible by appointment only. If you have business with the Town call, email, or visit our website to gain assistance or to schedule an in person appointment. Department’s contact information and updates to their daily operations can be found on our website, www.kdhnc.com.
In accordance with the Governor’s Stay at Home Order (Executive Order No. 121), the Town of Kill Devil Hills has temporarily closed the following facilities: the restrooms and playground at Aviation Park, the playground at Copley Park, the playground at Hayman Park, and the restrooms at the Ocean Bay Boulevard beach access. These facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice.
We understand the desire to be outside is more powerful than ever. However, we also know, with closing the above facilities, we have a better chance of slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. When engaging in outdoor activity, remember to practice social distancing.
In addition, the Town’s Dry Trash Drop Off and Recycle Center is closed and it will remain closed until further notice.
We need all of our citizens to take the Stay at Home Order seriously. This is an unprecedented time. Individually, we must each take action to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Together we will make a difference, and together we will get through these trying times. We are looking forward to the bright days ahead.
Town of Nags Head employees are working hard to ensure the services that our residents depend on continue uninterrupted during these challenging times. Please continue to conduct your business with the Town via the phone or online. More information is available at nagsheadnc.gov/coronavirus or by calling 252-441-5508.
Links to information regarding unemployment assistance and aid for businesses can also be found at nagshadnc.gov/coronavirus.
There will be no change to the Town’s sanitation schedule due to the Easter holiday. The bulk item/brush collection yard will remain on its normal schedule, operating on Saturday, April 11 from 9 am to 3 pm and again on Monday, April 13 from 9 am to 3:30 pm.
Town offices will be closed on Friday, April 10, 2020. Emergency services, such as police and fire responses, will not be interrupted.
The Town of Nags Head’s curbside collection of bulk items and brush service has been extended until April 30. We will conduct sweeps of the town to remove your items, but please call our Public Works department at 252-441-1122 to be placed on a list to track the date you placed your items in the right of way.
If you need to conduct business with the Town’s Public Works Department, please call the office at 242-441-1122 to make arrangements to have staff help you prior to physically visiting the office. You will be instructed over the phone on the safest and most efficient way to conduct your business with the Town. This also includes use of the bulk item/brush collection yard.
The Town’s skateboard park, located on the site of the YMCA, is now closed. The playgrounds at Dowdy Park, Town Park, and Whalebone Park remain closed. Those parks, as well as the dog park, remain open. However, we ask that the public follow social distancing guidelines when visiting these properties.
Nags Head Board of Commissioners will conduct a meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 9:00 am. To maintain everyone’s safety, the meeting will be conducted electronically. The agenda is available on the Town’s website at nagsheadnc.gov. The Town 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 and public hearing portions of the Board meeting, while still maintaining statutory requirements and keeping the public safe. The public will be able to access and participate in the meeting via an electronic utility such as Zoom by calling a specific number and then entering the meeting’s identification number. Details will be provided via public notice as well as on the Town’s website. The Town of Nags Head appreciates your understanding as we navigate these unfamiliar waters together.
The Town of Nags Head has suspended residential water account disconnections for nonpayment until June 1, 2020. In addition, no new penalties or late fees will be applied during this time. For more information, visit www.nagsheadnc.gov/coronavirus.
Special Note – Town of Manteo offices will be closed on Friday, April 10th, in observance of the Easter Holiday.
Board Meetings – 04/14 Planning Board meeting cancelled due to lack of agenda items. 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 Hall – Please call 473-2133 first to see if your item can be handled over the phone, online, or via other means. Access to Town Hall is limited to urgent matters. You will need to ring the doorbell and use the intercom prior to entry.
Police Department – If you have an emergency, dial 911. Please call 473-2069 for non-emergency assistance during weekdays or 473-3444 after hours. Access to the Police Department is limited to urgent matters. You will need to ring the doorbell and use the intercom prior to entry during weekdays. There is a call box for after-hours use located at the police department entrance.
Water and Sewer – Place utility payments in the drop box on the side of Town Hall or mail to P.O. Box 246 in Manteo. You can pay online at HTTPS://WWW.PAYBILL.COM/TownOfManteo or by phone at 866-245-5285. The Town has suspended service disconnections, late fees, and penalties during this emergency. Water charges will still be billed. Payment plans are available.
Permits and Inspections – Permit applications and inspection requests can be sent via FAX to 473-2135, e-mailed to email@example.com, placed in the drop box on the side of Town Hall, or mailed to P.O. Box 246 in Manteo. Place permit fees in the drop box at Town Hall or mail to the PO box. Inspections are continuing, but only one contractor representative is allowed to attend.
Sanitation – Trash and recycling collection services are continuing on their normal schedules. Bulky item pick-up is restricted to Monday and Thursday only.
Parks, Playgrounds, and Public Restrooms – Town parks remain open, and park visitors are expected to avoid crowd-gathering and maintain social distancing. Town playgrounds and public restrooms are closed until further notice.
Marina – Downtown Marina will prohibit visitors (from outside of Dare County) from docking or mooring at Town facilities.
Museums – The Pea Island Cookhouse Museum, the Maritime Museum, and the interior of the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse remain closed until further notice.
Special Events – The Town Litter Pick-Up has been postponed from May 2nd to November 14th. The Downtown Market, formerly known as the Farmer’s Market, has been postponed until further notice.
Town of Manteo sponsored website focusing on community and grassroot efforts as well as resources for our local community.
All Dare County Schools are closed until Friday, May 15, 2020 as directed by Governor Cooper's Executive Order.
Athletic events have been suspended as a result of the decision made by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
Dare County Schools has created a website for parents, students and staff to get the latest information on how COVID-19 is impacting our schools. Please visit www.daretolearn.org and click on the link for COVID-19 Updates.
As of March 23, all students and teachers transitioned to remote online learning.
Visit www.daretolearn.org for more information on how to access remote learning options.
DCS Meal Program:
DCS is providing no cost meals to any child in Dare County under the age of 18.
In light of the most recent report of the sixth COVID-19 positive case in Dare, we will be implementing changes to the operation and schedule of the meal program to reduce the potential risk of exposure to our staff and families.
Beginning Thursday, April 9, buses will no longer deliver to community sites. Meals will be available for pick up from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm at the three designated school sites: Cape Hatteras Elementary, First Flight Elementary, and Manteo Elementary. Multiple pick up stations will be set up in front of Cape Hatteras and Manteo Elementary Schools. First Flight Elementary School pick up stations will be located in the bus parking lot on the West side of the building (between FFES and FFMS).
“Grab and Go” no-contact procedures will be in place at these locations Tuesday and Thursday of each week. Meals will be packaged to cover breakfast and lunch over multiple days. (Thursday’s meal pick-up will provide lunch for that day, plus breakfast and lunch for Friday and Monday, and breakfast for Tuesday the following week. Tuesday’s meal pick-up will include lunch for that day plus, breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and breakfast for Thursday.)
To minimize potential spread of COVID-19, consistent with federal, state, and local advisories, all indoor areas at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are temporarily closed. Outdoor areas continue to be open for the purposes of activities described under North Carolina's Executive Order 121 and Dare County's “Stay Home - Stay Healthy” declaration
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
The Bodie Island, Hatteras Island, and Ocracoke Island visitor centers and restrooms are closed.
The Oregon Inlet Campground is closed.
The grounds of the Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, and Ocracoke Light Stations are open.
Beachgoers should practice social distancing and use caution in the ocean as no lifeguards are on duty at this time of year.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (NHS)
The grounds of Fort Raleigh NHS are open.
Fort Raleigh NHS visitor center and restrooms are closed.
Wright Brothers National Memorial (NMEM)
The grounds of Wright Brothers NMEM are open. The collection of park entrance fees is suspended until further notice.
Wright Brothers NMEM visitor center, reconstructed 1903 camp buildings, first flight sculpture, and restrooms are closed.
As services are limited, the National Park Service urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.
For National Park Service COVID-19 updates, visit www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
Beginning Thursday April 9, The Outer Banks Hospital will close the Main Lobby entrance. All outpatients should enter the building using the Medical Office Building entrance located on the north west corner of the hospital campus. The ED entrance remains open 24/7. This announcement is not a cause for alarm; it is simply a proactive measure to reduce resources needed to screen patients and team members at our entrances.
Per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for COVID-19, testing is only done if you have fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days; OR have fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and a negative rapid flu test. Testing is not recommended for those at home with mild cold-like symptoms. Practicing social distancing and staying home when you are sick will help us slow the spread of the virus.
Due to the spread of COVID-19 in eastern North Carolina, The Outer Banks Hospital is now prohibiting all visitors. To accommodate special circumstances on a case-by-case basis, the following areas will allow (after an on-site screening) ONE healthy adult visitor:
o Maternity and Postpartum Unit
o Clinics located inside the hospital
o End of life patients
o Discharge pickup
o Emergency departments – pediatric patients and patients requiring assistance only
o Other situations on a case-by-case basis
Our Outer Banks Medical Group clinics are allowing one healthy adult visitor per patient.
The Outer Banks Hospital is rescheduling outpatient procedures and visits that can wait a few weeks. Examples include mammogramscreenings, bone dexa scans, and some rehabilitative therapy. If you have a scheduled appointment over the next two weeks for one of these appointments that can be delayed, you will receive a call to reschedule your appointment.
The outpatient walk-in lab is open; however, we strongly encourage patients to delay coming in if their test can wait a few weeks. A good example of a lab test that can wait is an annual wellness lab draw.
The Outer Banks Medical Group is gearing up to offer virtual visits (phone or computer) for established patients in order to continue care and limit potential exposure to the virus. If you are an established patient of an Outer Banks Medical Group clinic and you need to be seen, please call the office to see what options are available to you and your unique situation. If you already have an appointment scheduled, our staff will be reaching out to you.
North Carolina Public Health COVID-19 Hotline
Dare County COVID-19 Call Center
Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.