COVID-19 Bulletin #61 from Dare County Emergency ManagementState Cases of COVID-19
In North Carolina, there are currently 17,129 cases of COVID-19 in 99 counties. There have been 641 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 492 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness. County’s Positive Test Results
The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Dare County is 22. Of those 22 Dare County cases, 17 have recovered or are asymptomatically cleared, 1 died and 4 are active. Of the 4 active, 1 is hospitalized and 3 are recovering in home isolation. For the most up to date information on COVID-19 cases in Dare County and the State of North Carolina, visit darenc.com/covid19
.Unrestricted Entry to Dare County Beginning May 16
Beginning Saturday, May 16 there will be no restrictions for access to Dare County, including the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Manteo; Hatteras Island; Roanoke Island; the Dare mainland The Currituck County Outer Banks and Ocracoke Island will also have unrestricted access.
In a video
released this afternoon, Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard addresses the local community and visitors in anticipation of the lifting of entry restrictions tomorrow. The video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/IMhKVRdexCA
. Vacationing During COVID-19
As visitors return to Dare County beginning Saturday, May 16, it is important for everyone to understand that vacations and visits to the Outer Banks will be different this year as we all adapt to COVID-19.
Beaches remain open but it is absolutely critical for all beach patrons to follow social distancing guidelines. Social distancing does not stop when you hit the sand. Stay at least 6 feet apart from others outside of your household at all times. To slow the spread of COVID-19, in the water and on the beach, spread out and away from others. As you spread always keep ocean hazards in mind. Know where lifeguards are located and how to get help. To get the latest beach forecast and condition updates via text message send Join OBXBeachCondition to 30890.
Some changes that visitors should anticipate include:
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- At this time, restaurants are only permitted to provide take out, drive-thru, or delivery. No seated service, indoors or outdoors, is allowed. If a restaurant has outdoor seating, onsite consumption in the outdoor seating area is not permitted pursuant to the Order of Abatement.
- Community and public pools and spas are closed.
- Lodging accommodations are implementing different protocols and procedures to help ensure the safety of guests and staff.
- Like many places throughout the nation, certain types of products remain difficult or hard to find. There may also be purchasing limits for in-demand products such as paper products and cleaning supplies.
- As more businesses begin to open under the state’s order, please be mindful of signage explaining changes to operations due to COVID-19. Check social media and websites for updates on how our local businesses are adapting in response to COVID-19.
- To protect the health and safety of customers and employees this summer, some local businesses may require patrons to wear a cloth face covering inside their facilities.
- While face coverings are a crucial part of the first line of defense against COVID-19, they should be worn and used in partnership at the same time as proper hygiene and social distancing protection measures. Practice the 3 W’s.