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.