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March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Bulletin #2

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Bulletin #2
March 17, 2020
11:50 a.m.

In response to updated guidelines from the CDC to avoid discretionary travel and follow the The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, the Dare County Control Group has made the decision to restrict visitor access to Dare County beginning today, Tuesday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.   

While there are currently no individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Dare County, officials weighed the potential benefits for community health along with the tremendous impacts these restrictions have on our community. These restrictions may be inconvenient, disappointing and have financial impacts, however, they were made in the interest of public safety to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Beginning at 2:00 p.m., checkpoints will be established at entry points to Dare County and no visitors will be allowed access. Permanent residents, non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of Dare County businesses may review entry guidelines at Reentry permits from previous years will not be accepted. Staff is working to activate the online permitting system by 1:00 p.m. 

To avoid contact with personnel, please display your permit on your dashboard so it is clearly visible for checkpoint personnel. 

Visitors will not be allowed to travel through Dare County to access Currituck County (Corolla), Hyde County (Ocracoke Island), or Tyrrell County. People who reside, own property or work in Corolla or Ocracoke will be allowed entry. 

Personnel working at the Emergency Operations Center are available to answer COVID-19 related questions using a dedicated phone line. Please call 252.475.5008. Personnel anticipates a high volume of calls. If you reach a voicemail, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. 

General COVID-19 Information

There are currently 39 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina. Currently, no individuals in Dare County have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 15 Days to Slow the Spread

Yesterday the federal government announced guidelines and a plan to slow the spread of COVID-19. Dare County will adhere to the guidance from CDC and North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS). All Dare County community members should adhere to the guidelines that were issued and available at

Outer Banks Hospital

The Outer Banks Hospital has implemented new visitor restrictions.  Only one immediate family member over the age of 16 and not exhibiting any symptoms of illness may visit a patient at The Outer Banks Hospital and/or Medical Group clinic.

Starting today, Tuesday, March 17, The Outer Banks Hospital will begin screening patients and visitors for symptoms of illness as they enter the Medical Office Building and Main Lobby.  Patients and visitors with illness will be masked and asked to sanitize their hands prior to going to their appointment.

Town and Agency Specific Information & Cancellations

Cancellations, closings and the most current information from the towns and the National Park Service is available at

Town of Duck

Following the mayoral declaration of a state of emergency, the Town of Duck is implementing strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect citizens and staff. While the Town Hall will remain open, please call or email the office to ask how we may be able to assist you remotely.   

Trash/Recycling:  Residential and commercial collections will continue as scheduled.

Town Offices: The Town Hall is currently open, but we ask that you call or email before visiting. We may be able to assist you remotely. The Public Safety building is closed to non-emergent issues, including facility tours and the T-shirt shop.

Town Events: Non-essential Town events have been cancelled or postponed until April 15. This includes beach planting, lectures, and other community events.

Town Meetings: Plans for the April 1, 2020 Council meeting will be evaluated and updates shared on the Town website, E-news, and social media channels.

Please expect face-to-face meetings with staff to be postponed or conducted electronically.

Where to Find Reliable Information on COVID-19


It is important for community members to access reliable sources of information. Be wary of clicking on any links that you do not recognize, especially ones that might be emailed to you from an unknown source.

For regularly updated information on COVID-19 in Dare County and information about how to protect yourself, your family and our community, please visit:

We will continue to share updated information from these sources.
Town Council meetings, Planning Board meetings, and associated public hearings are planned to continue at this time. Updates will be shared as we continue to evaluate the changing situation.

Continue to use your best judgement when deciding to attend a Town meeting. Public comments can be submitted online or via mail. While public hearings are more rigid in witness attendance, please contact the Town if you have concerns about your attendance at a meeting.
Town activities have been canceled or postponed until after April 15, when they will be re-evaluated.
Council Meeting
April 1, 2020
7:00 p.m.
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Speaker Series Events

Draft Comprehensive & Land Use Plan Comment Period

The draft plan is available for review and comment here.  There are multiple ways to view and submit comments. Comments will be accepted until March 18, 2020.
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