COVID-19 Bulletin #32
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.
4/5/2020 12:30:00 PM
COVID-19 Bulletin #31
Dare County Division of Public Health has announced the sixth positive test result for COVID-19
4/5/2020 9:19:48 AM
North Carolina Public Health COVID-19 Hotline
Dare County COVID-19 Call Center
Open Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Stay Home. Stay Healthy.
Governor Roy Cooper has issued a Stay at Home Order for the state of North Carolina effective until at least April 29.
It means people should stay at their residence and limit social interactions and travel for essential activities or essential business purposes.
To further minimize opportunities for exposure and transmission of COVID-19, Governor Roy Cooper issued a State at Home order for North Carolina. The order issued on March 30, is effective for at least 30 days. View the Stay at Home order here.
Yes. In fact, it is good for you to go for walks, check your mailbox, and sit in the sunshine. Just remember to stay at least six feet away from others at all times and continue to take protective measures to maintain your personal health and well-being.
No. You should cancel or postpone visits. However, you don’t have to isolate yourself! Keep in touch with family and friends through phone and video calls, emails and letters, and virtual gatherings. You can use phone apps and social media platforms for group conversations and video chatting. Social distancing is the most effective tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
If you have to go out, carry hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes, stay at least six feet away from others, cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and wash your hands when you get home. It’s a good idea to also clean and disinfect any items you bring home with you.
Many grocery store chains will deliver goods and prescriptions. Stores are also reserving times for people who are older, pregnant, or have health conditions to shop. Check your local grocery store for more information. You can also ask friends and family to help you get what you need.
The Stay at Home order is valid for 30 days through April 29, 2020 but can be revised or extended.
This Order is mandatory. All persons and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the Order.
Various local counties and cities have issued their own shelter in place orders. People in North Carolina must abide by this statewide order. To the extent that a local order contains more restrictive requirements, the more restrictive local order must be followed.
The order allows individuals to attend their places of worship if they follow the mass gathering ban and do not have more than 10 people assembled. Social distancing should be practiced. Places of worship are encouraged to stream their services online to accommodate people complying with the order.
Yes. The postal service and private mail and delivery services are essential businesses and will remain open.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
According to the CDC, as many as 25% of people infected with COVID-19 may not show symptoms.
If you are concerned you may be becoming ill, please keep track of your symptoms and temperatures. This will help medical providers determine how they should best treat you. If your symptoms are manageable, we recommend that you stay at home and self-isolate. If your symptoms worsen, please contact your healthcare provider. Before seeking medical care, call your provider to alert them of your symptoms. This helps reduce the risk of exposure to other patients and staff. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 and tell the dispatch operators of your symptoms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched a Coronavirus Self-Checker.
Apple, the CDC, the White House and FEMA recently launched a new COVID-19 Screening Tool.
Additional information on symptoms and testing can be found on the CDC website.
Local health care providers in Dare County are able to test for COVID-19. Please call your primary care provider, urgent care, or emergency room prior to arriving. This will allow their staff to screen you over the phone and be prepared for you when you arrive.
The federal government is in the process of implementing an expanded testing program. Details about the program will be shared as soon as available.
Two individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Dare County. Both cases have been linked to travel or direct contact. There are no indications of community spread.
- On Tuesday, March 31, Dare County Division of Public Health announced the second positive test result.
Click here to read the full release.
- On Wednesday, March 25, Dare County Division of Public Health announced the first positive test result.
Click here to read the full release.
Positive tests reported are the number of COVID-19 tests performed in Dare County which have come back with a positive result. It is important to consider that just because there are two positive test results reported, that doesn't necessarily mean there are only two cases in our community.
The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services works with patients in Dare County to determine where they have been and who they may have come into contact with before entering isolation and quarantine. Using that information, we will determine if any individuals meet the CDC definition of a close contact and follow up with them accordingly.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and Dare County are doing everything possible to find out who may have been around patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. You’ll be contacted if you meet the CDC definition of a contact and need to be monitored or tested.
Dare County will not share information that could impact the privacy of the person who’s tested positive for COVID-19. However, if necessary, certain information may be released including locations of high risk or concern, in an effort to determine additional contacts.
Dare County Department of Health & Human Services staff will identify themselves when calling people who are considered as possible close contacts to positive COVID-19 cases. They will ask for pertinent information, including questions about the location in question, the time that the suspected close contact was there and personal details, such as date of birth. They will never ask for a person’s social security number, financial information or any passwords.
Public health staff are working to identify anyone who may have come into close contact with the individual who tested presumptive positive for the new coronavirus. Currently, “close contact” is defined as people who were within six feet of the symptomatic individual for at least 10 minutes.
Any potential close contacts who are identified will be contacted by the public health department to assess their risk of exposure and implement the appropriate public health recommendations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released recommendations for non-healthcare caregivers of COVID-19 patients. View the information here.Additional resources and information can be found here.
There are many questions about reporting positive results with respect to Dare County addresses. Sharing whether a positive test result is going to appear on the NC map or not is to be as transparent as possible. Depending on which map you look at, you may find a different positive test count.
Currently, for anyone following the NC DHHS data, Dare County is not appearing on that map as having cases. On other maps, such as John Hopkins, the positive cases are appearing on their map. We do not have any control of the tracking methods. For the purpose of informing the public, we will report on individuals who are tested in Dare County and have a positive test result.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is updating the state's COVID-19 case count daily. Click here to view the NC COVID-19 Case Count.
Practice everyday preventive actions now. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Plan for home-based actions by choosing a room and bathroom in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Additional recommendations can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html#plan
Plan how you will meet your essential needs if you become sick.
Plan how you might help family and friends if they become sick. For example, you might offer to leave food and other items outside a neighbor’s door or check in with them on a daily phone call.
Keep a supply of non-perishable food, household items, cleaning supplies and medications on hand so that you can minimize your trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, and other locations.
Local stores that sell groceries and other necessary supplies are receiving inventory, however, some items continue to sell out. Please think of your neighbors and shop responsibly by only purchasing what your household needs.
North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19. Sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response.
Access to Dare County
Dare County has declared a State of Emergency due to the unprecedented public health threat posed by COVID-19 and determined that restrictions and prohibitions are necessary to protect public health and safety. This decision is in keeping with the President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America to reduce the risk of exposure and limit the spread of COVID-19.
Those from Currituck, Hyde, and Tyrrell counties who need to enter Dare County to conduct business, work or attend medical appointments will be allowed entry with proper identification.
View complete details on entry at darenc.com/entry.
Due to high demand for the online entry permitting system, some users have experienced difficulties applying for entry permits. We apologize for the inconvenience. Entry will not be denied to those who meet the criteria listed below and provide the proper identification. Click the link below to apply for a permit, or provide the requested documents in lieu of a permit for entry.
In lieu of an entry permit, permanent residents of Dare, Currituck, Hyde, and Tyrrell counties will be allowed entry with:
a valid NC driver’s license with a Dare, Currituck, Hyde, or Tyrrell county address
A government-issued identification card with a local address
This also applies to those from Currituck, Hyde, and Tyrrell counties who need to enter Dare County to conduct business, work or attend medical appointments. No one from Dare, Currituck, Hyde, and Tyrrell County will be denied entry with proper identification.
- Retrieve your previously completed business permit application to add/maintain and issue permits for your employees here.
- Reprint individual permits for employees already entered into the system by a business owner/manager here. If the employee provides an email address it will be sent there. If the email address is left blank the permit will be emailed to the business owner/manager.
In lieu of an entry permit, non-resident employees may show documentation providing proof of employment such as:
employee identification badges
Individuals who would like to submit concerns regarding the decision to restrict access to non-resident property owners and visitors may send an email to email@example.com.
Restaurants & Businesses
The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau has compiled a list of restaurants offering takeout and delivery services. Call ahead for specific menus and hours of operation. This list is subject to change.
On March 18, Governor Cooper announced an executive order closing restaurants and bars for dine-in customers but allowing takeout and delivery orders to continue. The community is encouraged to continue to support local restaurants and businesses. Order takeout and delivery from your favorite restaurants.
Restaurants are restricted to carry-out, drive-through, and delivery to ensure food is available while maintaining social distancing. Restaurant staff are not permitted to serve patrons indoors or in the outdoor seating area, and all areas of North Carolina are subject to mass gathering restrictions and social distancing guidelines. If a restaurant has outdoor seating, onsite consumption in the outdoor seating area is not permitted pursuant to the Order of Abatement.
We've compiled a list of resources for individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19.
The reason social distancing and direct contact are such important mitigation strategies is because the COVID-19 virus is highly contagious and can linger on surfaces. A study released by the National Institutes of Health reveals that the virus stays on cardboard for up to 24 hours and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.
It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for each of us to do our part by following the social distancing guidance and other recommendations from the CDC and NC DHHS for the protection of public health. Every single person in this county plays a role in helping reduce the transmission of the virus. Practicing social distancing and limiting direct contact (other than family members) are critical steps we all should be taking.
Playgrounds and public restrooms operated by Dare County are closed to the public. Parks are open but please practice social distancing.
After consulting with Dare County’s Health and Human Services Department, the following playgrounds in Nags Head will be closed by the end of the day on March 20, 2020: Town Park on Barnes Street, Dowdy Park, and Whalebone Park. All bathrooms at Nags Head’s parks and beach and sound accesses are closed.
Please understand that these tough decisions must be made to ensure the safety of our community. Police will monitor these areas, but we are asking the public to help us by staying out of the parks so that our officers can remain healthy and focused on more critical law enforcement duties.
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.
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.
Kill Devil Hills
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.
It is understandable that the outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and our community stronger. If you or your child/teen need help with the stress or anxiety you are facing, there are resources in our county to assist. Please call PORT Health at 252.441.2324 or Trillium Health Resources at 877.685.2415.
The State of North Carolina is working to ensure that necessary unemployment insurance benefits will be available to eligible North Carolinians affected by job loss due to the COVID-19 coronavirus disease in our state. As an individual, your eligibility, exact amount of benefits, and duration period of those benefits cannot be determined until after you file and submit your claim.
- Follow the social media channels for small businesses in your community.
- Comment and share posts from small businesses.
- Shop small. Shop local online or over the telephone.
- Leave 5-Star reviews for businesses that you LOVE.
- Order take-out from local restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, etc. If possible, tip generously!
- Promote your positive experiences on social media.
- Buy gift cards NOW and use them later.
- Maintain subscriptions to health clubs, yoga studios, coffee clubs, etc.
- If you know a small business owner, ask how you can help them!