Letter to the Editor: Reader says specific information related to county opening is lacking

Published 12:59 pm Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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To the Editor:

I understand the concern about economic stability and attempting to open the economy with the Coronavirus. In Dare County I see the gates will open to visitors on the 16th of May but I don’t recall seeing specific information on testing for positive Covid exposure, what to do if Visitors attempt to enter that show symptoms, who has priority if resources such as groceries run low, and what recourse local residents have when encountering Visitors that may exhibit Covid positive behaviors.

I am a caretaker for a very healthy 96 year old, but we have visitors from all over the country (and hot spots) and I have yet to see any specific instructions on expectations of behavior when a visitor suspects they may have symptoms, and their house mates, what local resident neighbors can do if the capacity of a residence exceeds a specified limit, or if someone seems to be exhibiting symptoms. Are these going to be posted in the rental units? Are there penalties for ignoring them? I don’t think I have answers to these questions. I believe we should understand this before they show up. I don’t want to get sick, and I don’t want to be responsible for getting my elderly relative sick or even killing him for vague “open for business” policies by an irresponsible visitor who doesn’t care about anyone but themselves. Rules need to be stated and enforced.

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Cindi Bierwerth

Kitty Hawk