COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

NTB Updates


Mayor Pro Tem McDermon issued a modified State of Emergency on 3/23. Included are the following measures:


  • Rental restrictions, which apply to rentals less than 3 months in duration, will commence Saturday, March 28th, and last through April 25th. For details read this press release

  • All public beach parking and public parks within the Town’s jurisdiction will be closed. Beach accesses remain open to foot traffic.

  • The Board of Aldermen strongly encourage adherence to social distancing guidelines and the restriction of non-essential travel. 

State of Emergency Declarations

3/23/20    |    3/21/20   |   3/20/20




In support of the advice of our public health officials, Town Hall is now closed to the public. All services are still being provided, but on a modified schedule. For more details on town operations, view this staff update

Questions? Call the Onslow County Health Department ​Citizens Phone Bank

at (910) 989-5027.

N.C. Statewide Stay at Home Order

Governor Roy Cooper has issued Executive Order 121, a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020. The Executive Order directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others.



Other NC Updates
  • Executive Order No. 124 prohibits utilities, including electric, gas, water and wastewater services, from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic. 

  • Executive Order No. 120 closed K-12 public school statewide through May 15, bans mass gatherings over 50 people, closes some businesses (ex: indoor/outdoor pools, hair salons, gyms, movie theaters)

  • U.S. Small Business Administration granted request for a disaster declaration for small businesses suffering economic losses due to COVID-19.

  • In Executive Order No. 118, Governor Cooper closed restaurants and bars for dine-in service but allows takeout and delivery orders, effective 5 p.m. on 3/17.


Slow the spread and #FlattenTheCurve to protect vulnerable populations, even if you are otherwise young and/or healthy.


  • Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds, especially before eating or after being out in public.

  • Regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as door knobs and light switches

  • Work from home as much as possible.

  • Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people.

  • Practicing social distancing as much as possible, which includes minimizing contact and staying at least six feet from others. 

  • For high risk populations (aged 65+, immune condition or chronic illness), stay home as much as possible.

  • If you begin to feel sick, even with mild cold symptoms, stay home.

  • Beware of scams and price gouging. Report them to NC DOJ.

  • There are no plans to close grocery stores, so please refrain from mass stock piling. People only need about two weeks worth of daily necessities and medications, in case they need to isolate. Leave some for others, especially those who can’t afford to buy a lot of food all at once.

  • Only head guidance and information from trusted sources, such as NCDHHS and CDC.


  • Read NCDHHS Fact Sheet

  • Stay home if you have mild symptoms, such as fever and cough without shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. 

  • Call your doctor if you are a high-risk patient or think you may need medical care. 

  • Isolate yourself as much as possible, even from family members at home.

  • If you call 9-1-1, please let the dispatcher know your symptoms and exposure history so first responders can arrive with appropriate personal protective equipment to stop the virus from spreading to them.

FAQs & Answers
from NCDHHS and CDC

What is a coronavirus? What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness in animals and humans. Human coronaviruses commonly circulate in the United States and usually cause mild illnesses like the common cold. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease that was identified in Wuhan, China, and is now spreading throughout the world. Learn more about COVID-19 from NCDHHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How does it spread and what can I do to prevent it from spreading?

COVID-19  is most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact (including touching and shaking hands), or through touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands.

Follow these common-sense measures to protect yourself and others from spreading viruses, including COVID-19:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

Everyone in North Carolina should follow the latest recommendations from NCDHHS to reduce and slow the spread of infection.

Should I wear a mask?

The CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory viruses. Facemasks should only be used by people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and other respiratory illness like flu to protect others from getting infected. Healthcare providers and others taking care of people with COVID-19 should wear appropriate personal protective equipment.

Can you get COVID-19 from touching contaminated objects?

Possibly, if you touch a surface with the virus on it, and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes. However, this is not likely to be the main way the virus spreads. Regularly clean high-touch surfaces and avoid touching your face. 

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu. They are:

  • Cough

  • Fever

  • Shortness of breath

COVID-19 typically causes mild to moderate respiratory illness. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms that do not require hospitalization, although there have been reports of severe illness with a small percentage resulting in death. Respiratory symptoms alone are not an indicator for COVID-19. If you suspect you have COVID-19, please read this NCDHHS Fact Sheet.

Can COVID-19 be spread before someone has symptoms?

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. To reduce the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19, refrain from close contact with others, which is defined as being within 6 feet of a person for more than 10 minutes. 


  • Onslow County Health Department

    • General Questions: 910-989-5027

    • If you think you have COVID-19: 1-888-850-2684

    • Nonperishable food donations: 910-455-2747

    • Medical supply donations: 910-3474270

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North Topsail Beach, NC 28460
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Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
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