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March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Bulletin #14
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Bulletin #14
March 24, 2020
1:00 p.m.

We all recognize that times like these tend to bring out the best in people, however, occasionally the opposite can occur as a result of stress and fear. Our sense of community has always been strong when faced with adversity. Every person in Dare County is facing the uncertainty of this unprecedented crisis. Now is the time for heightened compassion and kindness. We truly are all in this together. There is no place for hate, ill will or labeling. Social media can be a useful tool for communication, but it also can be a platform for divisive and negative behavior. Everyone is encouraged to use social media to spread facts and information of support and care. Be kind to your neighbors and choose to look at the situation we are facing with understanding. Again, we are all in this together.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the nation continues to grow. In North Carolina there are 412 reported cases in 48 counties. Medical providers in Dare County continue to test patients who are symptomatic and meet criteria for testing which includes: fever of 100.4 or greater, cough and symptoms of respiratory illness.  We have not had any individuals test positive for COVID-19 in Dare County. When we do have a positive test result, we will share that information as soon as possible.

Dare County remains under a State of Emergency. Restrictions remain in place prohibiting access to Dare County for visitors and non-resident property owners. The Dare County Control Group continues to meet daily to receive updates and make any decisions necessary to protect the public health and safety of our citizens. These are difficult and uncertain times and some may be challenged in paying their bills during this crisis. Local officials and county and town staff will work closely with community partners to connect those in need with appropriate resources.  

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina has compiled a North Carolina Business Relief Resources COVID-19 Guide with extensive resources available to assist businesses and employees through the COVID-19 pandemic. The webpage is being updated regularly with new resources.   

For an updated listing of local community resources, visit darenc.com/covidresources.

Yesterday, Governor Cooper announced an additional executive order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Executive Order 120 mandates all K-12 schools remain closed until May 15, 2020, bans mass gatherings of 50 people or more and requires non-essential businesses, where the ability to social distance is lessened, to close by 5:00 p.m. on  Wednesday, March 25, 2020. 

Businesses ordered to close include indoor exercise facilities such as gyms, trampoline parks, and yoga studios, movie theaters, bowling alleys, spas, sweepstakes/bingo halls, and other similar facilities. The order also applies to hair salons, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and massage therapists. The order also requires long term care facilities to restrict visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, for example, an end-of-life situation. The executive order is available online at https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO120.pdf

Dare County
Large item pick-up for Hatteras Island and Martin’s Point is cancelled and will be rescheduled.  Sanitation services and the recycling centers are operating on a normal schedule. Please note: There is no cardboard recycling at the Rodanthe Recycle Yard at this time. Please bring cardboard to the Manteo Recycle Center or the Buxton Transfer Station.

The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to help address your questions on COVID-19 and can be reached at 252.475.5008.  

For updated information regarding Dare County services, visit www.darenc.com/covidservices.

Town of Duck
To protect our citizens and staff, we ask you to call or email the office to ask how we may be able to assist you remotely. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

252-255-1234 

info@townofduck.com

www.townofduck.com

Services

Trash and recycling collection will continue as scheduled, with the addition of a residential recycling collection on March 30.

The Public Safety building is closed to non-emergency issues, including facility tours and the T-shirt shop.

The Town of Duck Police Department continues to monitor unoccupied properties throughout town. Should signs of unauthorized entry or other issues be observed, the homeowner or property management company will be contacted.

For more information, visit https://www.townofduck.com/police-department/.

Meetings

The Advisory Committee meeting for the Comprehensive & Land Use Plan update scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 has been postponed.

Plans for streaming the Council meeting scheduled for April 1, 2020 are being evaluated. We will post instructions closer to the meeting date.

Town of Duck Services

To protect our citizens and staff, we ask you to call or email the office to ask how we may be able to assist you remotely. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 
Services
Trash and recycling collection will continue as scheduled, with the addition of a residential recycling collection on March 30.

The Public Safety building is closed to non-emergency issues, including facility tours and the T-shirt shop.

The Town of Duck Police Department continues to monitor unoccupied properties throughout town. Should signs of unauthorized entry or other issues be observed, the homeowner or property management company will be contacted.
For more information, click here.

Meetings
The Advisory Committee meeting for the Comprehensive & Land Use Plan update scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 has been postponed.

Plans for streaming the Council meeting scheduled for April 1, 2020 are being evaluated. We will post instructions closer to the meeting date.
Health and Human Services Director Sheila Davies provides an update on COVID-19 in Dare County and shares an important message about compassion, kindness, and togetherness during this unprecedented crisis. 

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 the state, 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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Small Business Information
 

Executive Order 120

Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC)

https://edpnc.com/nc-business-relief-resources-covid-19/

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance

https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela 
(800) 659-2955
disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
 

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


Local Resources

For an updated listing of local community resources, visit darenc.com/covidresources.


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
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