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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
“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 ServicesEmergency 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.
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 DatabaseNC 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.
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 AppointmentsTelehealth 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.
Albemarle HopelineAlbemarle 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 VapingQuitlineNC 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.
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 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 ResourcesCOVID-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)
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.
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.
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