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March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Bulletin #6

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Bulletin #6
March 18, 2020
4:00 p.m. 

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the nation continues to grow. In North Carolina, there are 66 reported cases in 18 counties. No individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Dare County at this time.

The Dare County COVID-19 hotline is operating from 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Assistance and guidance can be provided on information regarding testing, travel restrictions, symptoms, and preparation efforts. To reach the hotline, please call 252.475.5008. 

The Dare County Control Group will meet again tomorrow morning for a briefing from Public Health officials. For the latest information on COVID-19 and links to reliable sources, please visit darenc.com/COVID19. The next bulletin will be issued Thursday,  March 19. 

Dare County
While Dare County continues to provide services for our citizens, in the interest of the health and safety of our customers and staff, face to face interaction is being limited as much as possible. While some facilities have closed (Thomas A. Baum Senior Center, Dare County Center, Fessenden Center, Parks and Recreation Facilities), other Dare County offices will remain open. Before visiting our offices, please check the website or call to verify if services can be provided online or by phone.  

Surf Pediatrics and Medicine
Surf Pediatrics and Medicine will continue to see all of their patients in their practice; for both well and sick problems. 

They will see well/ non-sick patients in the Kitty Hawk office (252-255-5321).

They will see sick patients in the Kill Devil Hills office (252-449-5200).  

They do have the ability to screen and test patients for suspected COVID-19 illness.  Please continue to call them if you are a patient to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.

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.

Residential and commercial trash and recycling collections will continue as scheduled.

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. Please call or email the office to ask how we may be able to assist you remotely. 252-255-1234 info@townofduck.com.

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

Plans for the Council meeting scheduled for April 1, 2020, 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.

 

Cancellations, closings and the most current information from the towns and the National Park Service is available at www.darenc.com/covid19.

COVID-19 Bulletin #5

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Bulletin #5

March 18, 2020
11:45 a.m.

The Dare County Control Group met this morning to receive a briefing from Public Health officials and discuss local impacts of COVID-19. The Dare County Control Group is coordinating daily with public health officials to ensure our community is following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state.  

Based on the CDC guidance to avoid discretionary travel, restrictions remain in place restricting visitors from entering Dare County. Checkpoints were established at access points Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Details and information on entry are available at darenc.com/entry. Since the entry system was launched yesterday, Dare County Emergency Management has processed over 9,000 entry permits. The online entry permitting system continues to experience high volume. If a permit is not needed immediately, please wait and apply when you need it.  In an effort to expedite traffic at the checkpoints, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office requests that all commercial traffic entering the county use the right lane and all regular traffic use the left lane. 

We recognize citizens from Currituck, Hyde, and Tyrrell counties may 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. Proper identification includes a valid NC driver’s license with a Dare, Currituck, Hyde, or Tyrrell county address or a government-issued identification card with a local address. 

Public Health Guidelines for those in Dare County

As of March 18, 2020 at 11:30 a.m., no individuals have tested positive for COVID-19. 

For those in Dare County or adjoining counties, be sure to reach out by phone and/or email to businesses, government offices, or healthcare providers prior to arriving. Businesses may have altered services or hours. In some cases, you may be able to receive services online or over the phone. 

Public Health officials encourage the local community to continue to practice social distancing. Try to stay a minimum of six feet away from others whenever possible. Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, social visits and social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. 

Practice everyday preventive actions and good hygiene now. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your face. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and as much as possible.

Follow additional guidelines and recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the CDC

Cancellations, closings and the most current information from the towns and the National Park Service is available at www.darenc.com/covid19.

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 midnight, March 18, 2020.

Town of Duck Services


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.   

252-255-1234 
info@townofduck.com
 
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 as we move forward. Tentatively, this meeting will be live streamed and video posted after the meeting for those that could not watch live.

Please expect face-to-face meetings with staff to be postponed or conducted electronically.
 
MEETINGS & EVENTS
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
Wednesday
April 1, 2020
7:00 p.m.
Meeting plans will be evaluated as we move forward.
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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.
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