March 19, 2020
The Dare County Control Group received an update regarding COVID-19 from Health and Human Services Director Sheila Davies this morning and Davies reported that the number of confirmed cases in our state continues to increase. Currently, there are 97 confirmed cases in North Carolina in 22 counties. Twenty-six of these confirmed cases are affiliated with a group of students from Duke University who traveled internationally. No individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Dare County at this time.
The Dare County Control Group will continue to meet daily to receive and evaluate updated information and global research regarding this novel virus to make decisions in the best interest of the health and safety of our community. At this time, there is no way to provide a timeline or expected date for lifting the restriction that is in place for visitors. When conditions warrant, revisions to the restrictions on travel to Dare County will be implemented.
Individuals who are traveling to and from Dare County for medical appointments will be allowed to exit and enter the county. However, it is recommended that you call your healthcare provider in advance to confirm your appointment.
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.
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.
U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to North Carolina small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions and explain the application process at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services
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.
Cancellations, closings and the most current information from the towns and the National Park Service is available at www.darenc.com/covid19.