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March 20, 2020

Small Business Information

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 SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions and explain the application process at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

NC Commerce, Rural Division Tips & Resources For Small Businesses and Communities - March 20, 2020

Business & Community Guide - Resources for Recovery
Tips for Small Businesses
Tips for Downtown Program & Community Leaders

Restaurants & Bars

In accordance with the March 17, 2020 Executive Order 118 by the Governor of NC and the accompanying abatement order, restaurants are closed to indoor and outdoor dining services and restricted to carry-out, drive-through, and delivery services only.

On Thursday, March 19, additional guidance was given by the state: "If a restaurant has outdoor seating, onsite consumption in the outdoor seating area is not permitted pursuant to the Order of Abatement."

Find links to the documents below:
EO 118 FAQs, March 19, 2020
Executive Order 118
Abatement Order

COVID-19 Bulletin #9

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Bulletin #9
March 20, 2020
1:00 p.m.

The number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina continues to increase each day. Currently, there are 137 confirmed cases in NC from 28 counties, including one in Pasquotank County. At this time, all but one case in NC has been traced to travel or direct contact with someone who has tested positive. Yesterday, there was an individual in Wilson County whose virus could not be traced to travel or direct contact which indicates the first case of community spread in our state. 

While currently there are no individuals who have tested positive in Dare County, it is imperative that we all remain vigilant. To preserve public health and safety, everyone must use best practices for social distancing outlined by CDC and NCDHHS and encourage your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors to do the same. This includes staying home as much as possible, avoid discretionary travel and if you must go out, avoid crowded places. Put space between yourself and others (more than 6 feet) whenever possible. 

Testing continues to be provided for individuals in Dare County who meet COVID-19 testing guidelines outlined by the CDC and NCDHHS. The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services is following the same communicable disease reporting practices the agency uses for other communicable diseases such as HIV, measles, or STDs. Only positive case numbers are released, not the number of patients tested. This decision is made to protect patient privacy. When we have a positive test result, we will share that information as quickly as possible. 

Restrictions for Dare County visitors will remain in place until conditions and guidance from state and federal public health officials warrant revisions. Law enforcement is checking credentials at the checkpoints to ensure that government-issued IDs match the name listed on the entry permit or documentation being presented. In the interest of health and safety, please keep your window rolled up and place your documents against the windows for officers to view. Please respect the guidelines that have been established and do not try to access the county if you are a visitor. For entry guidelines, visit

The Joint Information Center continues to work collectively to provide accurate and updated information from Dare County, the Towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo, the National Park Service, and other partners. Visit to access the latest information including a list of answers to frequently asked questions and links to sources for official information. 

Dare County

For updated information about accessing county services, visit

Playgrounds and public restrooms operated by Dare County are closed to the public. Parks are open but it is important to practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart. According to a recent study released from the National Institutes of Health, scientists found that the COVID-19 virus was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.

Emergency Medical Services 

Effective immediately, EMS cannot provide non-emergency patient assistance unless a verifiable medical appointment exists. Citizens may have requested this service in the past on a non-emergency basis to help them in and out of their home for a variety of reasons. For now, medical appointments will be verified and these requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis and only if resources are available.  

The 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.

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.

PORT Health

PORT Health is open and providing services. Next week virtual counseling and groups will be offered. Please call 252.441.2324 for more information.

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

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.   

Trash/Recycling:  Residential and commercial collections will continue as scheduled. An additional residential recycling collection is scheduled for March 30.

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 such time that restrictions on gatherings are lifted. 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 the video posted after the meeting for those that could not watch live.
Town Council meetings, Planning Board meetings, and associated public hearings are planned to continue at this time.

Online streaming services methods are being evaluated and finalized meeting plans will be communicated the week of March 23.
Council Meeting
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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