• 59°

NCDOT reports six positive COVID tests among Pamlico Sound ferry staff

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has reported that six employees on the Pamlico Sound ferry route between Cedar Island and Ocracoke have tested positive for COVID-19. Two of the positive tests came from the crew of the M/V Swan Quarter and the other four came from shore personnel, according to NCDOT.

The six employees are recovering at home under quarantine for at least 14 days and are reported to have last worked on the route Dec. 14.

Eleven other employees that were in contact with the crew have not tested positive, but are also under quarantine, stated a press release from NCDOT.

Due to a temporary shortage of personnel on the route, service on the Pamlico Sound routes between Cedar Island, Swan Quarter and Ocracoke will be reduced between Dec. 22-28 to the following schedule:

  • Ocracoke-Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Cedar Island-Ocracoke: 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • Ocracoke-Swan Quarter: 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Swan Quarter-Ocracoke: 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

NCDOT stated that all ferry crews are required to wear face coverings when on board. Passengers are required to practice social distancing and wear face coverings while on ferry decks or in passenger lounges.

The Hyde County and Carteret County health departments and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services have been notified of the positive tests.

NCDOT reports that the M/V Swan Quarter, which currently runs the Cedar Island-Ocracoke route, has been cleaned extensively using COVID-19 procedures. The terminals at Cedar Island, Swan Quarter and Ocracoke have also been cleaned and sanitized since the positive tests.

During the pandemic, all ferries and terminals have undergone frequent cleanings while in service, stated the release.

NCDOT advises passengers who think they may have been exposed to the virus to contact their local health departments.

READ ABOUT MORE NEWS HERE.

News

Lane closures for inspection of Marc Basnight Bridge to begin Monday

News

Dare commissioners support amending Hatteras Inlet’s federal authorization

Lifestyles

Outer Banks Community Foundation now accepting applications for Dorian long-term recovery grants

News

Virtual update on Rodanthe bridge set

News

NC gun provisions in vetoed 2020 bill clear committees

News

Summer school to counter COVID online learning approved by House

News

North Carolina man shot after forcibly entering deputy’s home

News

Cooper lifts curfew, eases gathering and occupancy limits

News

In Nags Head: Kitty Hawk Watersports receives approval for new dock; town subsidizes recycling subscription program

Currituck

Currituck commissioners honor Judge Cole upon retirement from Superior Court

News

Nags Head Planning Board continues to refine lighting regulations, changes to UDO regarding nonconforming hotels

Crime

Federal prosecutors: North Carolina woman went shopping with $150K COVID relief loan

News

NC woman wins $139,140 Cash 5 jackpot with Online Play ticket

Business

Lowe’s fourth quarter results surge as people plow money into homes

Crime

North Carolina woman indicted in husband’s shooting death

News

Kill Devil Hills woman scores half of $536,264 Cash 5 jackpot

News

Tourism Board to help with Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station repairs

Crime

Sheriff: Twelve malnourished dogs rescued from North Carolina home

News

Cooper orders flags lowered to half-staff in remembrance of lives lost to COVID-19

News

Insurance commissioner urges caution when using portable heaters

Crime

Suspect dead, deputy wounded in gunfire during North Carolina traffic stop

News

North Carolina zoo announces death of Pigeon the red wolf

News

North Carolina weekly gas price update: Prices up again

News

Kill Devil Hills Planning Board approves parking request for hotels and motels