State Cases of COVID-19
In North Carolina, there are currently 4,816 cases of COVID-19 in 92 counties. There have been 86 fatalities in NC associated with COVID-19. Currently, the state is reporting 313 hospitalizations across the state from COVID-19 illness.
Dare County’s Positive Test Results Count Remains the Same
Dare County has reported 15 positive test results for COVID-19. Of the 15 individuals who have tested positive, nine have recovered/or are asymptomatically cleared (meaning they are seven days post testing with no symptoms), four are asymptomatic (meaning they have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms), one is recovering at home and one died.
Social Distancing Measures are Effective – Keep It Up
This is the fourth week that local officials have been focused on mitigation measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. While the restrictions and orders that are in place have a huge emotional, economic and physical toll, these measures are effective and your continued efforts are making a difference in our fight against COVID-19. We thank you for doing your part to help keep our community safe.
Please continue to hang in there. If you need help, please reach out. Dare County is fortunate to have many community resources available to assist. A complete list of resources ranging from food needs, to financial support, to mental health help is available on the Dare County website at www.darenc.com/covidresources. We are all in this together, and together we will get through this.
The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center can be reached at 252.475.5008 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Staff is available to answer your questions regarding all aspects of response efforts, including community resources to help you and your family through this difficult time.
IRS Impact Payments Begin Being Issued Later This Week
Later this week, the IRS will be launching the “Get My Payment” web application to help taxpayers to receive their stimulus check (Economic Impact Payments) as quickly as possible. The web application is free and will be found at IRS.gov. Taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019 but did not provide their banking information on their return will be able to submit direct deposit information. Taxpayers will receive stimulus money faster through direct deposit than a check in the mail. People who want to add their bank account information will need to provide the following additional information, their Adjusted Gross Income from their most recent tax return submitted, either 2019 or 2018, the refund or amount owed from their latest filed tax return, and your bank account type, account and routing numbers.
Get My Payment will also allow citizens to track the status of their payment. Taxpayers will need their social security number, date of birth, and mailing address.
Americans who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 can use “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here” to submit basic personal information to quickly and securely receive their Economic Impact Payments. Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file any paperwork to receive their stimulus payment. Payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.
To help protect against potential fraud, the web application does not allow people to change bank account information already on file with the IRS or update bank account information after an Economic Impact Payment has been scheduled for delivery.
The IRS and the U.S. Department of Treasury urge taxpayers to be on the lookout for scammers and email phishing attempts about the COVID-19 and Economic Impact Payments. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
Due to inclement weather, particularly high winds, Dare County Public Works suspended trash collection at 10:30 a.m.today. For routes that were not completed, drivers will resume pick up tomorrow morning from where they left off. If your can was not collected today, please secure it, and place it out when the winds die down for collection tomorrow. The areas affected for residential collection include: Colington, Kitty Hawk, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras. Commercial collection will resume tomorrow as well in the following areas: Kitty Hawk, Colington, Manteo, Wanchese, Manns Harbor, Stumpy Point, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.
For a list of creative ways to make this spring break special and enjoyable while staying home, parents and families are encouraged to visit the Dare County Health and Human Services Facebook page.
Do your part in preventing the spread of misinformation. Stay informed with accurate, updated information from credible sources. Visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/coronavirus or NCDHHS at ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus. For information specific to the response in Dare County, visit darenc.com/covid19.
The Dare County COVID-19 Call Center can be reached at 252-475-5008 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Staff is available to answer your questions regarding all aspects of response efforts, including testing,
The next bulletin will be issued no later than 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14.