How You Can Help
Our health department and the local healthcare providers are working around the clock 7 days a week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we cannot fight this virus alone. The public has to act responsibility if we are to control the spread of this virus. We need everyone living in or visiting Dare County to take this virus seriously and play your part in preventing and slowing the spread by doing the following:
Continue to follow all guidance and mandates from North Carolina DHHS and Executive Orders. This includes: not attending or hosting gatherings of more than 10 individuals indoors and 25 outdoors and following the 3Ws when you leave home- Wear, Wait, and Wash.
Be honest and cooperative if you receive a call from the health department for contact tracing. We need you to share all details of your activity during the timeframe discussed with the contact tracer. Our contact tracing efforts can only be as good as the information we are provided. Additionally, if you are contacted by the health department that you are a direct contact you are required to quarantine for 14 days.
If you test positive, you must remain in isolation until otherwise directed by Health & Human Services staff. Violating a quarantine order or an isolation order is a misdemeanor offense pursuant to NC law G.S. 130A-25 and punishable by up to 2 years imprisonment. These may seem like extreme measures and we hope to never have to use them but they exist to protect the public from individuals who choose not to do the right thing.