By Outer Banks Voice on August 12, 2021
Dare County Emergency Management announced on Aug. 12 that the county itself, as well as all of its municipalities, “now require the use of face coverings while indoors at all county and town buildings.”
This follows an Aug. 11 meeting of the “senior leaders” group of local officials — which includes all town mayors, Dare County Commissioner Chairman Bob Woodward, Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie and National Parks Superintendent Dave Hallac — a contingent formerly known as the Dare County Control Group.
The Aug. 12 release indicates that the latest meeting of this group discussion “focused on the county’s high level of community transmission, the elevated metrics and the impact this is having on the local community.”
Here are excerpts from the release.
While county-specific data is not available regarding the Delta variant, initial findings indicate that 95% of regional cases that have been sampled contain the Delta variant. It is estimated that for every person infected with the Delta variant, it may spread to six other individuals. There is concern that the number of positive cases in our community will continue to increase.
With the week of August 2-8, 2021, having the third-highest number of new cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began, some businesses have closed temporarily in order for their staff members to be tested and to follow recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing to ensure safety. In addition, some clusters of the virus have been reported following gatherings of various sizes.
Again, Dare County has been identified by the CDC as an area of high community transmission. While most of the towns had already established policies that required face coverings to be worn inside their facilities, effective immediately, the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Manteo and Dare County now require the use of face coverings while indoors at all county and town buildings. (Earlier in the day, Kill Devil Hills became the latest town to announce a mask mandate, effective Aug. 16, as well as efforts to restrict walk-in traffic to town buildings).
Additionally, visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Wright Brothers National Memorial are required to wear a face covering inside all park buildings.
Everyone is also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and return to practicing the 3Ws (Wear a Mask, Wait Six Feet Apart and Wash Your Hands Often). The 3Ws are proven methods to protect all of us and prevent the spread of this deadly virus.
Detailed information regarding COVID-19 in Dare County, including how to get vaccinated, can be found at www.DareNC.com/COVID19. If you have specific needs or questions, you may call the Dare County COVID-19 call center at 252-475-5008 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.