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Date Set for Operation Love Thy Neighbor

Currituck County will use the money raised by Operation Love Thy Neighbor to distribute Food Lion gift cards to county residents on Wednesday, June 3.

Operation Love Thy Neighbor is a special program intended to provide assistance to county residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals, businesses, and community groups are making monetary donations during the month of May.  All donations collected will be given out in the form of Food Lion gift cards.

Two distribution sites will be set up on June 3. Staff from  the Department of Social Services will begin handing out gift cards at 9:30 a.m. Each site will be a drive-thru format to help limit the spread of COVID-19.  There will be a limit of one gift card per household and participants will need to show proof of county residency to receive a gift card. Cards will be handed out while supplies last on a first-come basis.

The distribution sites are:

  • Crawford Township Fire Station, 121 Shawboro Road, Moyock, NC 27958
  • Lower Currituck Fire Station, 6323 Caratoke Hwy., Grandy, NC 27939

The NC Cooperative Extension Service in  Currituck County will also have staff present to provide one free activity kit per family. These kits will include budget friendly recipe cards, seeds and planting guides, and at-home activities for youth.

Thank you to everyone who participated by making a donation to Operation Love Thy Neighbor. Many county residents have been economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and we hope these gift cards will provide some relief.

Phase 2: County Government Operations

As North Carolina begins Phase 2 of its COVID-19 reopening strategy, Currituck County Government will continue to provide a high level of services for residents and visitors. The health and safety of citizens and county staff will remain the county’s top priority as Currituck makes progress towards a normal operating status.

With the onset of Phase 2, certain changes will be made in the procedures of Currituck County Government. Effective as of 5:00 pm, May 22:

  • The public may attend meetings of the Board of Commissioners and Advisory Boards. Meeting rooms will be set up to follow social distancing guidelines for board members, staff, and attendees.
  • The majority of county staff will return to work in county offices on Tuesday, May 26. Employees with high-risk health conditions will be allowed to continue teleworking.
  • Public access to county offices will remain on an appointment-only basis.
    • (Exception) The Permit Offices will be open as follows only for citizens to drop-off permit applications. (A) Mainland: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; and (B) Corolla: Wednesdays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
    • Plexiglas dividers have been installed at customer service counters to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Beaches, public park open space, and walking trails are open to the public. Users should follow North Carolina guidelines for social distancing and group size.
  • Public restroom and beach access facilities are open and will be cleaned on a more frequent schedule.

The three Senior Center locations will remain closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our elderly citizens.

Phase 2 updates for the NC Cooperative Extension Service in Currituck County can be found here.

Updates for the Public Library in Currituck County can be found here.

Latest Update: NC Moving to Phase 2

May 20:  Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, May 22 at 5 pm. For more information, view Frequently Asked Questions regarding Phase 2.

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May 18:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Currituck County has made a decision to cancel the 2020 Parks and Recreation season for baseball, softball, and t-ball. By May 29, anyone registered will receive a household credit. If you would prefer a refund check, please notify Currituck Parks and Recreation as soon as possible at 252-232-3007.

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May 14:  The Board of Commissioners will meet at 6:00 p.m. on May 18 and will once again have restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No citizens or media will be allowed into the meeting room. Citizens may email a Public Comment by 12:00 p.m. on May 18 to commissioners@currituckcountync.gov.  Citizens may watch the meeting live via online videostream;  or on Mediacom cable TV ch. 18; or listen via conference call 1-408-418-9388, Meeting number 622 105 875, Meeting password 63794687. Agenda

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May 11:  The curbside bulk pick up collection service in Corolla will resume on May 18.

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May 6:  Currituck County, Dare County, and Hyde County will allow visitor entry into the Outer Banks beginning on Saturday, May 16 at 12:01 a.m.  Campgrounds on the Currituck County mainland can also begin accepting visitors at the same time. Law enforcement checkpoints entering the Outer Banks will be removed at this time.

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May 5:  Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 138 to modify North Carolina’s Stay At Home order and transition to Phase One of the state’s reopening, effective Friday, May 8 at 5:00 pm. To see what’s new with this order, read these Frequently Asked Questions regarding Phase One.

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May 1:  Currituck County launches “Operation Love Thy Neighbor” to help residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will collect monetary donations during the month of May and then distribute Food Lion gift cards in early June. Learn more

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The Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no citizens or media will be allowed into the meeting room. Public participation is available in the following ways:

  • PUBLIC COMMENT:  Submit public comments via email to commissioners@currituckcountync.gov. All comments must be received by 12:00 pm on Monday. Please put “May 4 Public Comment” in the email subject line.
  • CONFERENCE CALL:  Citizens may listen to the meeting via telephone. Phone # 1-408-418-9388; Meeting Number: 291 227 208; Meeting Password: 85896367.
  • CABLE TV:  Live on Mediacom ch. 18
  • VIDEOSTREAM:  Live via computer videostream, access through the county website here.
  • AGENDA:  A meeting agenda is available on the county website here.

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Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) is reporting the following case numbers as of Friday, May 1:
Pasquotank County: 36 lab confirmed cases – 3 active, 32 recovered, and 1 death.
Perquimans County: 14 lab confirmed cases – 7 active, 6 recovered, and 1 death.
Camden County: 1 lab confirmed case – 1 active and 0 recovered.
Chowan County: 6 lab confirmed cases – 2 active and 4 recovered.
Currituck County: 4 lab confirmed cases – 2 active and 2 recovered.
Bertie County: 44 lab confirmed cases – 14 active, 28 recovered, and 2 deaths.
Gates County: 7 lab confirmed cases – 3 active and 4 recovered.
Hertford County: 39 lab confirmed cases – 20 active, 18 recovered, and 1 death.
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April 30:  The number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Currituck County has risen to 4, according to the NC Department of Health and Human Services. You can check updated statistics for the state and each county on the NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard.  Citizens are encouraged to continue practicing safe health behaviors, including frequently washing hands, social distancing, and not gathering in large groups.

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April 27:  Currituck and Dare officials announced today that the two counties will work together to coordinate entry for visitors to the Outer Banks. The Board Chairmen and County Managers from both counties have met to begin discussions. Currituck County will remove the tentative May 15 visitor entry date from their State of Emergency and move forward with a coordinated plan between the two counties.

Following the Governor’s action with regard to the statewide Stay at Home Order, which is scheduled to expire on May 8, Currituck and Dare County officials will meet again to establish a timeline for visitor entry to the Currituck and Dare Outer Banks. When a date for visitor entry is made and agreed upon, the decision will be announced jointly by Currituck and Dare counties.

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April 24:  Governor Roy Cooper today announced that North Carolina K-12 public schools will continue remote learning through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Read more

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Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) reports the following case numbers as of 12:00 p.m. Friday, April 24:

Pasquotank County: 34 lab confirmed cases – 19 active, 14 recovered, and 1 death; Perquimans County: 10 lab confirmed cases – 4 active and 6 recovered; Camden County: 0 cases; Chowan County: 6 lab confirmed cases – 3 active and 3 recovered; Currituck County: 2 lab confirmed cases – 0 active and 2 recovered; Bertie County: 34 lab confirmed cases – 16 active, 17 recovered, and 1 death; Gates County: 6 lab confirmed cases – 2 active and 4 recovered; and Hertford County: 23 lab confirmed cases – 19 active, 3 recovered, and 1 death.

April 23:  Governor Cooper extended the NC Stay at Home Executive Order until May 8, 2020. NC plans a three-phase approach to lifting restrictions. Read more

April 22:  The Currituck County Sheriff’s Office will establish an entry checkpoint into Corolla, beginning on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. This checkpoint will be located at the county line, between Duck and Corolla, on NC 12 and will be in operation on a 24/7 schedule.

This is not replacing any other checkpoint already established at the Dare County line, such as the one in place at the Wright Memorial Bridge. All current checkpoints will remain in operation. The Currituck Sheriff’s checkpoint between Duck and Corolla is intended to provide an added layer of accountability to ensure that vehicles entering Corolla have the appropriate permissions.

Vehicles will be allowed into Corolla with one of following permissions:

  • Currituck County non-resident property owner entry permit
  • Driver’s License with a Currituck County permanent address
  • Driver’s License with a Dare County permanent address
  • Business entry permit used by local employees
  • Dare County non-resident property owner entry permit – after Dare County begins allowing access to NRPOs.

Bay Disposal will not be making any bulk item collections in Corolla due to COVID-19 concerns and safety precautions for their employees. Property owners and residents in Corolla SHOULD NOT place large household items by the street, as it will not be picked up.  By Friday, April 24, 2020 Currituck County will have in place open-top dumpster containers at the following locations: Corolla Village Rd. beach access; Bonito St. parking lot; and the Southern Beach access. Citizens may use these containers to dispose of bulk items such as furniture and mattresses as they prepare homes for the summer season.

Examples of items NOT to be placed in the containers include white goods and appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines; paints, pesticides, or chemicals; electronics; or construction debris. Local contractors are not to use these containers to dispose of commercial wastes or materials. If you have any questions, contact Currituck Public Works at 252-232-2504.

April 21:  During its April 20, 2020 meeting, the Currituck County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to allow all non-resident property owners to gain access into Corolla beginning on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.mThe Board also set a date of May 15, 2020 to begin allowing visitors to access Corolla. This date will be re-evaluated during the next Board of Commissioners meeting on May 4.

Key points for non-resident property owners:

  • To gain access into Corolla, non-resident property owners must display their Currituck County hurricane season re-entry permit at the law enforcement checkpoint currently in place at the Wright Memorial Bridge. Vehicles with a permit will be allowed to travel through Dare County to reach Corolla.
  • Each car must have a permit to be allowed through the checkpoint.
  • Non-resident property owners who need a permit may request one via email to Currituck Emergency Management at emstaff@currituckcountync.gov.
  • Everyone should bring their own food and supplies to last approximately 14 days, as the grocery stores on the Outer Banks may not be fully-stocked at this time.
  • While in the Outer Banks, everyone should follow NC Governor Roy Cooper’s directives on social distancing and limit public groups to no more than 10 people.

Business officials and employees must still use their business entry permits to gain access to Corolla. Each employee must have his/her own permit. To request a business entry permit, contact Currituck Emergency Management at emstaff@currituckcountync.gov.

April 20:  The latest statistics from Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) as of Monday, April 20.

Lab confirmed positive COVID-19 cases across the region include:

Pasquotank County: 32 lab confirmed cases – 18 active and 14 recovered; Perquimans County: 8 lab confirmed cases – 6 active and 2 recovered; Camden County: 0 cases; Chowan County: 6 lab confirmed cases – 4 active and 2 recovered; Currituck County: 2 lab confirmed cases – 0 active and 2 recovered; Bertie County: 25 lab confirmed cases – 10 active, 14 recovered, and 1 death; Gates County: 4 lab confirmed cases – 0 active and 4 recovered; Hertford County: 8 lab confirmed cases – 5 active, 2 recovered, and 1 death.

April 16:  Information regarding public access to the Board of Commissioners meeting on April 20, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

  • PUBLIC COMMENT:  Submit public comments via email to commissioners@currituckcountync.gov. All comments received by 5:00 pm on Monday will be read aloud during the meeting. Please put April 20 Public Comment in the email subject line.
  • CONFERENCE CALL:  Citizens may listen to the meeting via telephone. Phone # 1-408-418-9388; Access Code: 625 355 582; Meeting Password: 37749346.
  • CABLE TV:  Live on Mediacom ch. 18
  • VIDEOSTREAM:  Live via computer videostream, access through the county website here.
  • A meeting agenda is available on the county website here.

April 15:  NC Gov. Cooper discussed a strategy for easing COVID-19 restrictions while still protecting citizens from the virus. In order to ease restrictions, the state needs to make more progress in three areas: testing, tracing and trends.  Read more

April 13:  Update from Albemarle Regional Health Services:  Lab confirmed positive COVID-19 cases across the region include:

Pasquotank County, 15 lab confirmed cases – 7 active and 8 recovered; Perquimans County, 4 lab confirmed cases – 2 active and 2 recovered; Camden County, 0 cases; Chowan County, 3 lab confirmed cases – 2 active and 1 recovered; Currituck County, 3 lab confirmed cases – 2 active and 1 recovered; Bertie County, 12 lab confirmed cases – 1 active, 10 recovered, and 1 death; Gates County, 4 lab confirmed cases – 0 active and 4 recovered; Hertford County, 4 lab confirmed cases – 1 active, 2 recovered, and 1 death.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order #131 takes effect at 5:00 pm today. This order addresses social distancing guidelines in retail stores, streamlines the process for unemployment claims, and addresses safety requirements in nursing homes during the pandemic.  Learn more in these Frequently Asked Questions.

April 9:  To submit public comment for the April 20 Board of Commissioners meeting, citizens may email comments to commissioners@currituckcountync.gov. Emails received prior to 5:00 p.m. on April 20 will be read into the record during the public comment on the agenda. Comments should include your name and address, and must be limited to 3 minutes when read aloud. Also, put “April 20 Public Comment” in the email subject line.

April 8:  The N.C. Department of Information Technology has developed an Interactive Map to help North Carolina residents find free and low-cost internet and mobile service offerings in their area.

April 7:    Utility Billing Update – To help ensure residents can remain at home and slow the spread of the coronavirus, Currituck County will not disconnect residential water or wastewater service due to late or non-payment. In addition, consistent with Gov. Cooper’s Executive Order 124, Currituck will also waive any penalties for late or missed payments until at least June 1. Read more

April 6:  From N.C. Governor Roy Cooper:  North Carolina COVID-19 modeling show that social distancing is necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus and preserve hospital capacity to save lives. Read more

April 3:  Regional Update: As of 11 a.m., Albemarle Regional Health Services reports 22 lab confirmed positive cases of COVID -19 across the region. Case counts include: Pasquotank – 7, Perquimans – 1, Camden – 0, Chowan – 1, Currituck – 2, Bertie – 6, Gates – 1, and Hertford – 4.

In North Carolina, there are currently 2,093 cases of COVID-19 in 86 counties. There have been 19 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 259

April 2:  Albemarle Regional Health Services has received notification of the second lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in Currituck County. The individual is currently isolated in another state and has not been in Currituck since January. Read more

April 1:  Today is recognized as “Census Day”.  Remember to submit your response to the United States 2020 Census.  This information is very important to Currituck County!  Census data helps determine how billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed to states and local communities.  Each household that submits a response is helping Currituck County benefit!  Responses can be submitted online, by mail, or over the telephone. Learn more at 2020Census.gov.

March 31:  Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 124 that prohibits utilities from shutting off service to customers who cannot make payments. Electric, gas, water, and waste water services cannot be shutoff for the next 60 days.

The Currituck County Sheriff’s Office continues to enforce the access restrictions to the Outer Banks, in coordination with Dare County. The Currituck Sheriff’s Office is maintaining a presence at the Wright Memorial Bridge checkpoint, and is also coordinating boat patrols in the Currituck Sound. This is to restrict docking access from non-resident boaters in Corolla and the 4WD area.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is temporarily increasing benefits for March 2020 and April 2020 to current Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) recipients in North Carolina.  Learn more

March 30:  The Board of Commissioners established an expiration date of April 30 for the current State of Emergency. This deadline will be re-evaluated during the April 20 Board of Commissioners meeting and adjustments to the date will be made if necessary. This includes:

  • Access restricted for non-resident property owners and visitors to Corolla and the 4WD area.
  • County offices open to public by appointment only.
  • County events and meetings are cancelled.
  • County facilities are closed.  At County Parks, the playgrounds and equipment are closed to public use. Citizens may still use the open space and walking trails for exercise.

Governor Roy Cooper’s Stay at Home Executive Order is now in effect. Learn more about what this means in this Frequently Asked Questions.

March 29:  Albemarle Regional Health Services Health Director R. Battle Betts, Jr., MPA, has received notification of the first lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in Currituck County. The individual is in isolation. ARHS is following North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services guidelines on contact tracing of all individuals who may have had close contact with the case. Please be vigilant in practicing preventive and safety measures that will help prevent the spread of the
virus.

OBX is Open; Beach Parking Permits Available

Currituck County, Dare County, and Hyde County lifted restrictions on entry for visitors on Saturday, May 16. Entry for visitors into Currituck County includes Corolla and the 4WD beaches, as well as campgrounds on the Currituck County mainland.

Before traveling to the Outer Banks, visitors are encouraged to contact their accommodations provider to confirm their reservation and arrival plans. As visitors prepare for vacation, it is important to remember that the coronavirus is not over and certain state restrictions remain in effect to protect everyone’s safety.

  • Beaches are open for normal activity.
  • Social distancing guidelines are still in effect, including on the beach.
2020 Beach Parking Permits are required for vehicles parking on the 4WD beach in Corolla from May 22 to Labor Day.
 
Permits are available for pick-up at the Moyock Welcome Center or the Corolla Visitors Center.
 
No permit application or beach parking regulations certificate will be required this year. County residents and property owners may receive their free permits with a valid ID and proof of residency or property ownership, such as a tax record or utility bill. Visitors must have a valid ID and license plate # to purchase a permit.
 
If you have questions, call either the Moyock (252-435-2947) or Corolla (252-453-9612) location.

Now is Time for Hurricane Preparedness

Currituck County encourages all residents to prepare for hurricane season and be ready for severe weather.  Some important tasks you should complete include:

  • Stock an emergency safety kit with supplies and medications
  • Organize important documents
  • Review insurance policies
  • Make sure generators are in good working condition
  • Make a checklist of steps to take in order to secure your property
  • Plan how you will care for pets and/or farm animals
  • Develop an action plan in a case an evacuation is necessary this year

There are many resources available to provide information and preparedness tips for residents, businesses, farmers, and property owners. These include:

Also, sign up for Currituck Alert during hurricane season to receive important updates and notices from Currituck Emergency Management. You can choose to receive a text message, voice message, or email.

Resources for Citizens & Businesses

The following resources are available to help citizens and businesses cope with the COVID-19 pandemic:

 

Currituck County Schools   Daily meal service for children age 1-18. For all school-related information, contact Currituck Schools at 252-232-2223.

Currituck Health Department  252-232-2271

COVID-19 Call Center  Albemarle Regional Health Services’ hotline for information and health resources, 252-338-9355.

Currituck Library  Online offerings at http://library.earlibrary.org/currituck/ that include books and activities for children.

  • Cloud Library – Allows you to borrow and read eBooks from your local public library for free.
  • Tumble Books – has over 1,100 titles for grades K-6, and includes unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French.
  • Teen Book Cloud – Features over 1,000 titles, including student-favorite Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more!

Cooperative Extension  Online programs at https://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu/

  • Resources for Reopening – Safety guidelines for individuals, food service establishments, roadside markets, and employees.
  • Time Management for Working at Home – Tips to be productive for people now faced with working from home.
  • “Live from Extension” – Daily live video on YouTube at 11:30 a.m. Features a variety of topics and Cooperative Extension programs.
  • Youth and Family  Includes Facebook Live sessions and other activities for children and the family.
  • Food Safety  Information managing risk for individuals at home and for food environments such as restaurants, grocery stores, and farms.

Internet Service  The N.C. Department of Information Technology has an Interactive Map to help North Carolina residents find free and low-cost internet and mobile service offerings in their area.


NC Health and Human Services  Emergency Resources & Benefits includes several ways to apply for assistance and find more information on benefits for you and your family.

Legal Aid of NC   Call 866-219-5262 or visit www.legalaidnc.org.  People who have lost income and cannot pay rent may apply for the organization’s eviction diversion program, in which a lawyer will help negotiate a rent payment plan with the landlord or property manager.

HUD  U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development offers several programs that can help homeowners with Avoiding Foreclosure.

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program offered by Albemarle Regional Health Services. Full services are being provided without participants having to visit the office. Call the Currituck Health Department for more info at 252-232-2271.

United Way Database  NC 2-1-1 is a free information and referral service provided by United Way of North Carolina that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Its database includes thousands of non-profit and government agencies that can provide a wide range of aid to families. These include food and healthcare services during emergencies.

Child Care for Essential Personnel  If you are a parent who provides necessary services to, or cares for, members of our communities and your child care has fallen through or is unavailable because of COVID-19 closures, call 1-888-600-1685 to be connected with the right fit for you and your child. At this time, representatives are available to assist you on weekdays between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Options are available for infants up to children age 12.

Food Assistance  Families who need food assistance can text FOODNC to 877-877 to find free meal sites near them.

Food Bank  The Food Bank of the Albemarle, based in Elizabeth City, 252-335-4035.

  • Lower Currituck Food Pantry: 109 Forbes Loop, Grandy; 252-202-6005
  • Pilmoor United Methodist Food Pantry: 192 Courthouse Road, Currituck; 252-232-2136

Food & Essentials Delivery  Senior citizens and others at high risk for COVID-19 can request delivery of meals, medicines, pet supplies, and more at Corona Community. Citizens may also volunteer to help in their area.

Online Support Groups  Integrated Family Services offers free weekly Support Group Meetings for teens and adults who may be struggling to cope with changes caused by the pandemic. These meetings are done online via the Zoom Meeting app.

Mental Health Support  The Hope4NC Helpline, 1-855-587-3463, connects North Carolina residents to additional mental health resources that help them cope and build resilience during times of crisis.  It is available 24/7 when you need help.

National Helpline  The National Disaster Distress Helpline offers crisis counseling and emotional support 24/7 during the COVID-19 outbreak. Call 1-800-985-5990.

Public Assistance Hotline  A COVID-19 Public Assistance Hotline has been setup for potential Stafford Act applicants.  Applicants are encouraged to call 919-825-2548 to get questions answered.

Virtual Appointments  Telehealth is the use of technology for health care appointments and services. It allows you to “see”
your doctor without having to go to the doctor’s office and is a benefit covered by Medicaid.

Red Cross  The American Red Cross Eastern North Carolina Region, 252-335-3800.

Salvation Army  The Salvation Army Elizabeth City Office, 252-338-6780.

United Way  The Albemarle Area United Way, 252-333-1510

Albemarle Hopeline  Albemarle Hopeline is a domestic and sexual violence agency serving six area counties, including Currituck. Hopeline’s 24 hour Crisis Line is 252-338-3011.

Mobile Crisis Team  The Integrated Family Services Mobile Crisis Team serves Currituck County on a 24/7 basis. Crisis intervention services are provided at any location in the community to help people in a crisis with mental health issues, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse issues. 1-866-437-1821.

Quit Smoking and Vaping   QuitlineNC offers help to quit smoking and vaping, which can increase your risk for severe illness during COVID-19. QuitlineNC has a 24/7 toll-free service available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669); Spanish: 1-855-Dejelo-Ya (1-855-335-3569); and TTY: 1-877-777-6543.


Phase 2 for Restaurants  NCDHHS provides Guidance-for-Restaurants as North Carolina begins Phase 2 on May 22.

Business Training  Count on Me NC is a program to help businesses learn how to operate within safety guidelines as North Carolina reopens.

Currituck Chamber of Commerce  252-453-9497, website

US Chamber of Commerce  Website, Information for small businesses, including “How to Get a Paycheck Protection Program Loan” through the CARES Act.

  • Town Hall video explaining what the federal stimulus package means for small businesses, and various loan programs available.

Small Business Loans  Business owners may apply online for a Disaster Loan Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Association.

Business Rapid Recovery  The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Lending Program supports small businesses and family farms as they recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. A Rapid Recovery Loan bridges the gap between when the crisis strikes and when federal loans, insurance payouts, and other relief funds are approved.

Small Business Center  The Small Business and Technology Development Center can provide assistance and resources to local businesses by phone or virtual meetings. For businesses in Moyock and Central Currituck, call 252-339-2896; for businesses in Lower Currituck and Corolla, call 252-489-6299.

Unemployment Information  Anyone who needs to file for unemployment insurance may do so online with the NC Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security. You may also call the customer care center at 1-888-737-0259.

Unemployment Eligibility & Benefits  The Northeastern Development Workforce Board has information to answer questions about unemployment eligibility, benefits, and how to apply.  This video has information that will help individuals and businesses deal with the layoff of employees.

Unemployment Assistance  Independent contractors and self-employed workers out of work because of COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Restaurant & Hotel Staff  NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund  Hospitality employees of restaurants or hotels facing financial hardship, layoff, or reduced hours may apply for a grant of up to $500.

NC Works  As of March 20, 2020, the NCWorks Career Centers in Edenton (252-482-2195), Elizabeth City (252-331-4798), and Dare County (252-480-3500) will be closed until further notice. Each will continue to assist customers through phone and email.

Farming Resources  COVID-19 Farming Resources provided by NC Cooperative Extension, including food safety, staff management, supply chain, financial help, alternative sales, and more.

Flood Insurance  FEMA has extended the grace period by 120 days for renewing policies under the National Flood Insurance Program. If you have questions, contact your insurance agent.

Water Quality  Water held unused in building pipes while facilities are shut down becomes stagnant and conditions may develop that increase the risk for waterborne bacteria. Follow these guidelines for Reactivating Plumbing Systems from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Currituck Alert – To receive text message updates related to COVID-19, sign up by texting CKCCOVID19 to 888777.

Local Business Survey  Currituck Emergency Management has created a quick, voluntary survey to gauge the operating status for county-wide businesses and organizations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please take a minute to participate! Complete survey

Health Safety Info Sheets (prepared by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service)

 

Announcements and Cancellations

County offices are closed until further notice. Public access to county offices is available by appointment only.

     Department of Social Services:

  • The Currituck County Department of Social Services (DSS) office will be open to citizens by appointment only.  Citizens may pick up the following paper applications without an appointment:  Medicaid, Food Nutrition Services, Work First (TANF), and Energy Assistance. There will also be forms for anyone reporting a change.  These applications will be located on a table just inside the first door to the DSS office, and will be available during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Citizens can also apply electronically for Medicaid and Food Nutrition Services via ePass at https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do.
  • All completed paper applications, review forms and/or verifications can be faxed, mailed or dropped off in the secure drop box located outside of the agency at any time.  Citizens can also contact the agency to speak to a staff member if they need additional information or if they need to email us. To make an appointment or speak to the staff, contact the Currituck County Department of Social Services at 252-232-3083.

Announcements & Cancellations

  • All county meetings are cancelled until further notice.
  • All county-sponsored events and events held on county property are cancelled until further notice.
  • All classes at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Center in Currituck have been cancelled until further notice.
  • All county Library branches are closed. *Check out the library’s online offerings at http://library.earlibrary.org/currituck/
  • The N.C. Cooperative Extension Center in Currituck is closed. *Check out Extension’s online programs at https://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu/
  • Parks & Recreation spring seasons for youth soccer, volleyball, baseball, and softball and open gym for adult volleyball and adult basketball are cancelled.
  • All Senior Center locations are closed. Meal delivery service will continue.
  • The Moyock Welcome Center, Corolla Visitors Center, Whalehead, and Historic Jarvisburg Colored School are closed.
  • The public restroom facilities at Whalehead and the north and south beach access points are closed.

  • The Department of Motor Vehicles mobile unit that visits the Currituck Cooperative Extension has been suspended until further notice.
  • Superior Court proceedings are postponed. Criminal District Court cases will be continued with the exception of the following hearings: first appearance; bond; probable cause; probation violation; and limited driving privilege.
    All Civil District Court matters are cancelled with the exception of the following proceedings:  emergency custody; preliminary injunctions; and temporary restraining orders.

    Child Support court sessions are cancelled until further notice.

    For more information, contact the Clerk of Court office at 252-232-6200. The Clerk of Court office will remain open for normal business hours.

  • All inmate visitation and jail programs at the Currituck County Detention Center are cancelled until further notice. Citizens may use jailatm.com to deposit money into a family member’s account.

Schools providing meals for children

Currituck County Schools Meals on Wheels

The School Nutrition Department will serve breakfast and lunch to all children that live in Currituck County, ages 1-18. These meals are free and will be available as long as our schools are closed due to the Governor’s Executive Order.

Children that want a meal can come to any one of the pick-up locations listed below. Meals will include lunch for the day as well as breakfast for the following morning! Meals will be on site at each location from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day.

Meal Locations:
  • Knotts Island Elementray School, 413 Woodleigh Road
  • Gibbs Woods Community Center, 332 East Gibbs Road
  • Carolina Village, 111 Universal Circle
  • Ranchland, 100 Ranchland Drive
  • Moyock Middle School, 216 Survey Road
  • Wedgewood Lakes, 106 Wedgewood Boulevard
  • Ponderosa Parking Lot, Bens Bonanza
  • Currituck County High School, 4203 Caratoke Highway
  • Coinjock Boat Ramp, 482 Waterlily Road
  • Griggs Elementary School, 261 Poplar Branch Road
  • Waterview Shores Subdivision, Waterview Drive
  • Walnut Island, Walnut Island Boulevard
  • Soundside Park, 8955 Caratoke Highway
  • Jarvisburg Elementary School, 110 Jarvisburg Road

If you have any questions, contact Currituck County Schools at 252-232-2223.

Safe methods for paying utility bills

Over the past few months, cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been reported across the world and most recently cases have been reported in North Carolina.  Currituck County is taking precautions to maintain safe environments for both our citizens and our employees.  If possible, please use one of these alternatives for conducting business with Currituck County utilities without coming to the office in person.

Establishing New Water and/or Sewer Service:

Email ubwater@currituckcountync.gov .  Applications will be sent to your email address that you can complete and return to our office by return email.

Disconnecting Water and/or Sewer Service:

Email ubwater@currituckcountync.gov.  In this email, please include the name on the account, account number, service address, date for service termination and a phone number that we can call if we need additional information.

Paying Your Water and/or Sewer Bills:

  1. Credit/Debit/E-check:

Use the link below.  This will allow you to pay your account by credit/debit card or E-check.

https://currituck.munisselfservice.com/citizens/UtilityBilling/Default.aspx

You will need your account number that is found on your bill.  If you cannot locate your bill, please email ubwater@currituckcountync.gov or call the office at 252-232-2769.  This will process directly to your account at 8:00 AM the next business day.  There are no additional fees to pay online.

  1. Your Banking Bill Pay Service:

You will need to set this up with your bank.  It could take 7-10 days to process.  Your bank will issue a check and it will be delivered by the US Postal Service.  Please make sure your banking service has your correct account number and is mailed to:  Currituck County Water/Sewer Department or Southern Outer Banks Water Department, PO Box 220, Currituck, NC 27929. Incorrect account or mailing address could cause additional delays.

  1. Pay by Check through the US Postal Service:

Mail your check and remittance coupon back to the County in the pre-addressed envelope provided with your bill.  This could take 7-10 days for delivery through the US Postal Service. Please mail to:  Currituck County Water/Sewer Department or Southern Outer Banks Water Department, PO Box 220, Currituck, NC 27929. Incorrect account or mailing address could cause additional delays.

  1. Night Drop on Drive-Thru Window at the Water Department:

Our office is located at 444 Maple Road, Maple, NC 27956.  Please note this is not our mailing address.  Please drop checks with remittance coupons in the night drop or stop by the drive-thru window.  If you have cash, please only use the drive-thru window.  No cash should be deposited in the night drop.

Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have questions or need additional information, please call our office at 252-232-2769.

County proceeding on Moyock park construction

The Board of Commissioners has approved construction of the new recreational park to be built in Moyock. Work will begin in March on Shingle Landing Park, which will feature a number of amenities for guests of all ages to use and enjoy.

The park’s features will include a traditional playground for children as well as a “natural playground” that will include realistic-looking structures to mimic a wooded play area. These play areas will have rubber mulch surrounding the equipment to enhance child safety. For older park visitors, a set of three pickleball courts is being included. There will also be plenty of open lawn space, a restroom facility, bike racks, benches, picnic tables, and parking areas.

The county will supplement the current vegetation with an extensive amount of plantings to include varieties such as sycamore, oak, birch, bald cypress, black walnut, crabapple, and crape myrtle. Large swaths of reforestation will be included throughout the property to replace trees cleared during construction. The park’s landscaping plan also includes a significant number of shrubs with mulch to be installed across the facility.

Look for updates and construction photos on the county website and Facebook page as progress is made on this exciting project!