Dare County COVID-19 bulletin includes update on Peak Resources
Published 7:10 am Sunday, April 12, 2020
In North Carolina, as of Saturday, there were over 4,312 cases of COVID-19 in 91 counties. There have been 80 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 362 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.
To date, Dare County has reported 13 positive test results for COVID-19. Of the 13 individuals who have tested positive, eight have recovered/or are asymptomatically cleared (meaning they are seven days post testing with no symptoms), three are asymptomatic (meaning they have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms), one is recovering at home and one has died.
“As we enter the third full week with the Stay Home – Stay Healthy order in place to protect our community against the spread of COVID-19, each of us has an important role we must continue to play. With each day, we become more and more eager to get back to our activities, and routines prior to the disease outbreak,” stated Dare County’s Saturday bulletin. “While it may be frustrating to continue to hear the same plea for social distancing, direct contact with only family members and practicing good hygiene, these are the most effective tools that we have to fight the spread. We are all in this together, and together, through responsible behavior and actions, we will get on the other side of this more quickly.”
On Thursday, Dare County announced receiving three positive test results associated with Peak Resources. All three individuals continue to be asymptomatic, according to Dare County, which stated in Saturday’s bulletin that test results for nearly half of the staff and residents have been received. The three positive test results were reported on Thursday, April 9. Another round of mass testing for residents and staff was completed on Thursday afternoon and those specimens arrived at the state lab Friday morning for processing and testing. Dare states another update on Peak will be provided as soon as the test results are received.
“Peak Resources continues to take all necessary actions by following NC DHHS guidelines to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in their facility,” states the bulletin. “Peak Resources, The Outer Banks Hospital, Outer Banks Medical Group and Dare County’s public health team continue to collaborate to ensure safety and wellbeing of Peak residents, staff, and the community.”
A list of community resources and information on filing for unemployment, food support, emergency business loans, legal aid and utility assistance is available at darenc.com/covidresources.
The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center will reopen on Monday, April 13 at 8:30 a.m. Staff is available weekdays to answer questions at 252-475-5008.
Town of Duck
The Town of Duck asks that those with business with the town call or email the office to ask how they may be able to assist remotely. Staff are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Bulk trash collection scheduled for April 17 has been postponed; do not place items at the curb at this time.
Bulk waste permits are currently not available from the office due to the temporary closure of the Kitty Hawk facility.
Town of Southern Shores
Town facilities remain closed to the public and all Town Hall business is being conducted via phone, email, fax or other virtual means. In the event of an emergency, call 911.
The April 20, 2020 Planning Board meeting has been cancelled. Consideration of the new flood maps and update to Southern Shores Town Code Chapter 16, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance will be added to the next meeting agenda. The next scheduled meeting is to be held on May 18, 2020. A Special Meeting could be called prior to that meeting in the event the current COVID-19 situation improves within that timeframe.
Building inspections are still being conducted, however, meetings in person with the building inspector on-site are limited. Inspection requests should be called in to the Planning & Code Enforcement Department by calling 252-261-2394 ext. 3 or email Dabni Shelton, permit officer at email@example.com. Permit applications can be submitted online by utilizing the link to Citizenserve on the Town website: https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/online-permit-submittals/.
The Southern Shores Police Department advises the public to be aware of possible scams/fraud attempts in the coming weeks, as it relates to COVID-19 economic impact payments from the federal government and offer the following press release from the US Secret Service Charlotte Office: https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/55/2020/04/COVID-19-Press-release-CHAFO-040320.pdf
Town of Kitty Hawk
Town offices are open normal business hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Face-to-face contact is being limited, so before visiting any Kitty Hawk office, check the appropriate website or call to discuss the best way to conduct business. For contact information, visit https://www.kittyhawknc.gov/coronavirus-disease/.
Town offices will be closed Monday, April 13, 2020 in observance of the Easter holiday. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, April 14 at 8:30 a.m.
The town’s spring chipping service has been rescheduled for April 27, 2020. Place your debris in the right of way, at least three feet from the side of the road. Debris can be no larger than four inches in diameter and six feet long. No stumps, lumber, leaves or yard clippings will be collected.
Town of Kill Devil Hills
Town offices are accessible by appointment only. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. All town departments have made adjustments to continue serving the public and many services can be conducted by phone, email, fax or by using the town’s website. For information on modifications to daily operations/services, closed facilities, meeting/event cancellations, contact information for various departments and other updates, visit www.kdhnc.com and www.facebook.com/townofkdh.
Town of Nags Head
The Nags Head Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 will be conducted electronically and can be accessed by the public via the Zoom platform. The agenda is available on the town’s website www.nagsheadnc.gov.
The town advises that the public should adhere to local and state health guidelines and not attend this meeting in person. To view and listen to the meeting remotely, register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YjqmiLnuR-CUDH5LI0svCg. Email your comments for the public comment portion or for the public hearing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will also be accepted during the board meeting. Comments should include name and address and be limited to five minutes when read aloud.
The meeting recording will be available on the town’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/townofnagshead) as soon as possible after the live meeting. For questions, contact town clerk Carolyn Morris at Carolyn.Morris@nagsheadnc.gov or 252-449-2009.
Town of Manteo
The April 14 Planning Board meeting was canceled due to lack of agenda items. The April 15 Board of Commissioners meeting will be held at 5 p.m. via teleconference. The public can call in at 253-215-8782, 301-715-8592 or 346-248-7799 and then enter meeting ID 622-572-789.
Access to Town Hall is limited. Call 252-473-2133 first to handle issues over the phone or online. Ring doorbell and use intercom prior to entry. Utility service disconnections, late fees and penalties are suspended. Water charges will still be billed and payment plans are available. Sanitation is on the regular schedule; bulky item pick-ups are only Monday and Thursday.
Access to the Manteo Police Department is limited. For emergencies, dial 911. Call 252-473-2069 for non-emergency weekday service or 252-473-3444 after hours. Ring doorbell and use the intercom prior to entry during weekdays. There is a call box for after-hours use at the Manteo Police Department entrance.
Town parks are open; playgrounds and restrooms are closed. Pea Island Cookhouse Museum, Maritime Museum and the lighthouse are closed; downtown marina is closed to visitors.
The May 2 litter pick-up has been postponed to November 14. The Downtown Market has been postponed until further notice.
National Park Service
All indoor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial are temporarily closed. Outdoor areas continue to be open for the purposes of activities described under North Carolina’s Executive Order 121 and Dare County’s “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” declaration.
As services are limited, the National Park Service urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.