NCDHHS RESPONSE TO COVID-19
COVID-19 Case Count in NC: www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-nc
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.
A message from Chairman Bob Woodard -Friday, April 3
From his home in Kill Devil Hills, Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard addresses the Dare County community as we begin the second weekend under a Stay at Home order.
It is imperative that everyone in Dare County follow the Stay Home - Stay Healthy order and restrict all non-essential movement. Only go out when absolutely necessary. Practice social distancing by staying a minimum of 6 feet away from others, other than immediate family members.
04/05/2020 12:30 PM
Dare County Division of Public Health has announced the sixth positive test result for COVID-19
04/05/2020 9:19 AM
The Dare County Division of Public Health announces the fifth positive test result for COVID-19.
04/04/2020 4:28 PM
Dare County Division of Public Health Announces Fourth Positive Test Result for COVID-19
04/04/2020 2:04 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. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Trash and recycling collection will continue as scheduled, with the addition of a residential recycling collection on March 30. The bulk pickup scheduled for April 17 has been postponed.
The Public Safety building is closed to non-emergency issues, including facility tours and the T-shirt shop.
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.
The audio video of the April 1 Town Council meeting can be found at www.townofduck.com/town-council and the Town’s YouTube channel.
The April 8 Planning Board meeting has been canceled.
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).
In order to maintain the safety of Town residents, staff, and the Town Council, the Town Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, 2020 will now be conducted electronically using Zoom software. Only a quorum of the Town Council will be present at the meeting. The remaining Council Members will all participate remotely.
*The Town Council meeting time has been rescheduled to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 to accommodate the carryover of agenda items from the canceled March 24, 2020 Budget Work Session.
What does this mean for those looking to participate in the meeting?
There are three ways the public can participate in the meeting:
- Join the meeting through Zoom on your computer or cellphone.
Simply click on the following link or type it into your internet browser: https://zoom.us/j/612186193
Meeting ID: 612 186 193
If you have not used Zoom before, you are encouraged to download the application from their website at Zoom.us and try it out prior to the meeting. There is no cost associated with the software or attending the meeting.
- Join the meeting through audio only via telephone.
Simply call: +1 253 215 8782 US or +1 301 715 8592 US When prompted, enter meeting ID: 612 186 193 followed by the Pound sign (#). Depending on your carrier, long distances charges may apply.
- Submit your public comments to the Town Clerk prior to the meeting
The comments will be read into the record during the public comment portion. Please include your name and address in your comment. Comments should be limited to 3 minutes when read aloud.
Public Comment can be submitted via chat during the live public comment period. Please include your name and address in your comment. Comments should be limited to 3 minutes when read aloud.
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 portion of the Council meeting while still maintaining all of the Town’s statutory requirements and keeping the public safe. This will be a first for all of us and we thank you for both your interest in the Town’s affairs and your patience and understanding while we navigate these uncharted waters together.
In an effort to comply with social distancing guidelines for mitigating the potential spread of COVID-19, citizens who attend the April 7, 2020 Town Council meeting should keep a minimum distance of six (6) feet from others prior to, during, and following the meeting. Seating in the Pitts Center has been arranged in a manner that complies with this guideline (maximum occupancy of 10). The meeting recording will be posted on the Town website as soon as possible following the meeting.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event of an emergency, please call 911. For all non-emergencies, please call the non-emergency dispatch number at 252-473-3444.
All Town offices are open normal business hours 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. However, in the interest of safety for our visitors and staff, 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. For Department Contact information please see below.
- The Town Council Meeting scheduled for April 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm will be held as planned.
In response to the County’s Stay Home. Stay Health Order:
- 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
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.
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.
All of the Town’s offices remain open; however, we are strongly encouraging the public to conduct their business with the Town either via the phone or online.
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 playgrounds at Dowdy Park, Town Park, and Whalebone Park remain closed. Those parks, as well as the dog park and the skateboard park on the YMCA site, remain open. However, we ask that the public follow social distancing guidelines when visiting these properties.
We are currently working on the method we’ll use to hold our April 15, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting and will advertise participation information when we have it.
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.
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 during this emergency. Please note that utility fees will still be charged.
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.
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.
Beginning March 23, all students and teachers will transition to remote online learning.
Visit www.daretolearn.org for more information on how to access remote learning options.
DCS is providing no cost meals to any child in Dare County under the age of 18. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday at the following locations and times:
Breakfast will be available from 7:45 am - 8:45 am.
Lunch will be available from 11:00 am - 12:30 am.
MAIN SITE LOCATIONS:
Manteo Elementary School
First Flight Elementary School
Cape Hatteras Elementary School
Wanchese, Bethany United Methodist Church
Manteo, Roanoke Community Center (Head Start)
Stumpy Point, Community Center Manns Harbor, Fire Department
East Lake, Community Center
Nags Head, Tanger Outlet & Dowdy Park
Kill Devil Hills, Belk Center
Kitty Hawk, Daniels Home Import & Kitty Hawk Elementary
Avon, 40591 NC Hwy 12 (Parking lot beside Burger King)
Tri-Villages, Community Building
Buxton, Cape Hatteras Elementary
Hatteras Island Community Center
Colington, TJ's Gas & Grill
All Dare County Schools community facility use is suspended until further notice.
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.
Although there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our community, it is important that we re-emphasize the importance of following 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. Per this guidance, 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.
Beginning Monday, March 23, 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.