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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 hospitalizations. 52% of COVID-19 cases in NC are people between the ages of 18 and 49; 28% are people age 50-64; and 20% age 65 and over.

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.

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/

  • “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.

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 now 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.

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.

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

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.


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 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 Insurance  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.

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.


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

Rabies Clinic is Cancelled  The Rabies Clinic scheduled for April 25 has been cancelled. The county’s veterinarian partners requested the cancellation due to COVID-19 guidelines and concern for public safety. The clinic will be rescheduled at a later date.

 

County offices are closed until April 30. 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

  • May 9:  Make a Gift for Your Special Person event at the Barco Library is cancelled.
  • All county meetings are cancelled until April 30.
  • All county-sponsored events and events held on county property are cancelled until April 30.
  • Effective March 23:  All classes at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Center in Currituck have been cancelled for the next 60 days.
  • 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 and volleyball, and open gym for adult volleyball and adult basketball are cancelled.
  • *Parks & Recreation spring season for youth baseball and softball is suspended – a decision will be made around the second week of April. For more information, contact Parks & Recreation at 252-232-3007.
  • 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 for at least 30 days. Criminal District Court cases will be continued until after April 30, 2020 with the exception of the following hearings: first appearance; bond; probable cause; probation violation; and limited driving privilege.
    All Civil District Court matters scheduled to be heard between March 16 – May 1 are cancelled with the exception of the following proceedings:  emergency custody; preliminary injunctions; and temporary restraining orders.

    Child Support court sessions are cancelled until after April 30.

    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.

NC Executive Order and Currituck State of Emergency

On March 27, Gov. Roy Cooper issued a Stay at Home Executive Order for the state of North Carolina.

Currituck County State of Emergency.

The Board of Commissioners has established an expiration date of April 30 for the State of Emergency.  This date will be re-evaluated during the April 20 Board meeting and adjustments will be made if necessary. Access Restrictions to the Currituck Outer Banks includes that:

  • Access to the Outer Banks communities in Corolla and the 4WD area is denied to visitors AND non-resident property owners.
  • At this time, there is no evacuation order for visitors or non-resident property owners who may already be present in the Currituck Outer Banks.
  • Permanent residents of Currituck County will be allowed access to conduct business, work, or attend medical appointments. Currituck County residents must have an ID that shows a Currituck County address.
  • A law enforcement checkpoint is established at the south end of the Wright Memorial Bridge.

Mass gatherings in Currituck County are prohibited. A mass gathering is any event or convening that brings together more than 50 persons in a single room or single space at the same time.

Statement by Currituck County regarding Outer Banks restrictions:

Currituck County’s decision to restrict access into the Outer Banks is intended to ease the strain on local healthcare facilities and protect citizens from a possible outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. A number of key factors influenced this decision, including:

  1. By denying access to visitors and non-resident property owners, Currituck County hopes to limit the number of possible patients that would be served by the Outer Banks Hospital and local urgent care facilities. These facilities have low capacities and no ICU capabilities. We do not want them to become overwhelmed during a possible COVID-19 outbreak. Non-resident property owners may actually have access to more robust healthcare systems by staying home during this time.
  2. Healthcare facilities on the Outer Banks serve citizens in a wide geographical area over both Currituck and Dare counties. As a result, transport by ambulance can take a significant amount of time for critical patients.
  3. Many Outer Banks residents are retirees and the senior citizen category is one of the most vulnerable to COVID-19. It is the county’s responsibility to protect our citizens as best as possible.

Currituck County understands the frustrations of non-resident property owners during this unique time. We have also considered how these restrictions will affect local businesses. However, the county is acting in the manner it feels will best maintain public health and safety for all property owners.

Currituck County does not take this decision lightly and will open access to the Outer Banks as soon as possible. Updates will be made as information becomes available. Thank you to everyone for their cooperation.

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!

Hazardous waste collection event

Currituck County’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held on March 28, rain or shine. Two collection sites will be available for citizens:

  • Currituck Judicial Center – 2801 Caratoke Hwy in Currituck from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Southern Outer Banks Water Plant – 734 Ocean Trail in Corolla from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Typical items accepted include aerosols, antifreeze and other automotive fluids, batteries, fire extinguishers, camp and grill propane tanks, alkaline and acidic cleaners, pool chemicals, fertilizers, weed and feed, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, oil-based paints, paint thinners, wood filler, adhesives, caulk, mercury, thermometers, thermostats, and florescent light tubes.

Examples of items not accepted include latex paint, commercial hazardous waste, explosives, ammunition, radioactive materials, smoke detectors, prescription drugs, absestos materials, biohazardous waste, infectious waste, or needles/syringes.

Currituck County and EcoFlo, Inc. reserve the right to refuse any waste deemed unsafe to handle or unsuitable for the collection.

This special event is sponsored by the Currituck County Board of Commissioners, NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) and Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension. EcoFlo, Inc. will provide certified and safe household hazardous waste collection. Disposal of all items is free for Currituck County residents.

If you have any questions, call Currituck County Public Works at 252-232-2504.