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EMS Adds Ultrasound Capability to Ambulances

Currituck County Fire-EMS (CCFEMS) is excited to announce it is upgrading its patient assessment capability by adding ultrasound imaging technology to its ambulances.  Currituck County received special approval from the North Carolina Medical Director, Dr. Tripp Winslow, and is only the fourth EMS agency in the state to receive approval for the use of this advanced technology. This will help Currituck Fire-EMS continue to provide the best care possible for the county’s residents and visitors.

Ultrasound involves creating imagery and the interpretation of high frequency sound waves. This fast and accurate technology will allow EMS providers the capability to assess patients internally as well as externally. Ultrasound imagery can quickly identify life-threatening emergencies such as internal bleeding and collapsed lungs.  It can also aid the ambulance staff with starting difficult IVs, monitoring fetal heart rates, and confirming heart stoppage when confirming death.

Currituck EMS crews will be able to transmit the images to the emergency room while in route to a hospital, prior to the arrival of the patient. This will enable the emergency room team to develop a quicker patient care plan. Based on their review of the imagery, the emergency room physicians can also provide guidance to the EMS crew while in transit.

Currituck Fire-EMS is partnering with emergency medicine physicians from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia to receive initial training on the ultrasound technology. They will also offer continuing education throughout the year for Currituck’s Fire-EMS staff. For more information on this cutting-edge technology, contact Currituck Fire-EMS at 252-232-7746.

Below:  Currituck Fire-EMS staff receive training on the new ultrasound equipment.

      

Recent UDO Changes Regarding Surveys & Site Plans

The Currituck County Planning Department would like to make the public aware of two recent changes to the Unified Development Ordinance. These changes were approved by the Board of Commissioners during its June 22, 2020 meeting.

  1. On lots of 40,000 square feet or less for a new principal structure, an as-built survey is required prior to scheduling a final inspection.
  2. A site plan prepared by a NC licensed surveyor, engineer, or architect is required for lots of 20,000 square feet or less.

These changes are effective for any permits issued after June 22, 2020.

If anyone has questions regarding these changes, contact the Planning Department at 252-232-3055.

County Addressing Water Discoloration

The Currituck County Water Department continues to flush water lines throughout the county in order to rid the system of discolored water that occurred unexpectedly during a recent maintenance procedure. An advisory to boil water was not necessary because all water was treated before it left the plant and testing did not result in dangerous levels of bacteria or other matter.

This flushing process is working, but it involves millions of gallons of water and takes time. It must be done systematically so there is an uninterrupted water supply for customers and fire protection.  The water provided by the county remains safe to drink and will not damage appliances or water heaters.

For citizens who had issues with laundry becoming stained by the water, Currituck County has obtained a shipment of CorrBrite stain remover. Bottles of CorrBrite are free for residents to pick up at the Mainland Water Plant in Maple during regular business hours. Please call ahead to make sure a bottle is available. The county can order more if supplies run out. And be sure to read the directions for proper use of CorrBrite on the back of the bottle before using it with your laundry.

Thank you for your patience during this situation. If you have further questions, contact the Water Department at 252-232-2769.

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.

Currituck Partners with Waze for Traffic Info

Currituck County is pleased to announce a data-sharing partnership with Waze, the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app. Designed as a two-way data share of traffic information, the Waze for Cities Data program promotes greater efficiency and safer roads for citizens of Currituck County.

The Waze for Cities Data program has nearly 1,500 partners around the world and gives municipal leaders a look at real-time road activity. Established as a two-way data share, Waze provides partners with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and slow-down information directly from drivers. In exchange, Currituck County provides real-time government-reported crash and road closure data to Waze to produce a thorough overview of current road conditions.

The Waze map evolves with every driver and data point it receives, promoting safer roads and sharing knowledge about potential delays. The Waze for Cities Data program yields more data, giving local citizens a greater ability to circumvent road closures and traffic jams. Currituck County can also provide Wazers with notice of major traffic incidents, such as accidents or flooded roads that could affect their routes.

“As a progressive organization, Currituck County understands the importance of working with partners to find solutions to the challenges we face,” said Ben Stikeleather, Currituck County Manager. “Currituck County is thrilled to partner with the Waze for Cities Data program to provide and collect data that will allow citizens and staff to make informed decisions regarding travel in Currituck.”

To find out more about Waze for Cities, visit http://waze.com/wazeforcities. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit http://www.waze.com/get.

 

 

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.

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.

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 staffed but open to the public 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 Library branches remain closed. *Check out the library’s online offerings and curbside pickup options at http://library.earlibrary.org/currituck/
  • The N.C. Cooperative Extension Center in Currituck is open by appointment. *Check out Extension’s online programs at https://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu/
  • All Senior Center locations remain closed. Meal delivery service will continue.

  • The Department of Motor Vehicles mobile unit that visits the Currituck Cooperative Extension has been suspended until further notice.
  • For information regarding Superior Court, contact the Clerk of Court office at 252-232-6200. The Clerk of Court office will remain staffed during 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.