NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?
You have health insurance options. If you have recently lost or can no longer afford your health insurance, or even if you are trying to purchase health insurance for the first time, you have options to make sure that you and your family have access to care. Find out more at healthcare.gov.
You have health insurance options. If you have recently lost your health insurance, you can no longer afford it, or even if you are trying to buy medical insurance for the first time, you have options to ensure that you and your family have access to health care:
The Pender County WIC Department is currently experiencing a very high call volume. The team is working hard to return all phone calls as quickly as possible. We ask that you PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE with your name and phone number and we will return your call as soon as possible.
No in-person appointments at this time please call the Pender County WIC Office at 910-259-1290
Or visit: NCDHHS WIC PROGRAM WEBSITE
COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs can support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses and communities through:
• technical, training, and management assistance;
• financial assistance; and • state and local assistance.
This resource matrix organizes funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America. Opportunities are categorized by customer and assistance type.
For more information on the immediate actions USDA is taking to respond to COVID-19, visit usda.gov/coronavirus.
The coronavirus pandemic has put severe stress on millions of people in recovery for substance use issues, as well as on friends and family who are trying to stand by them. Connection is considered an antidote to addiction, but the bans on gatherings have abruptly shut down support groups, leaving many people floundering for safety nets.
In response, many organizations are quickly making virtual meetings and counseling available on numerous platforms. Apps help people track their habits, meditate and find a community of peers. Here are some options below.
Dial 2-1-1 or text COVIDNC to 898211 for free, confidential information 24/7 to help you find resources within your community. They can connect you with people and groups that can help with questions about access to food, shelter, employment and child care.
Update on County Office Operations
Pender County remains ready to serve the public. Before visiting any county offices, please contact the department you wish to visit. Many services can be completed online or over the telephone. The Following County Offices are currently operating in the following capacity due to COVID-19:
The Pender County Library can be reached at (910) 259-1234.
Pender County Public Library staff are busy broadcasting online story times on Facebook on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00am. All due dates are being extended and automatic renewal is being implemented.
• They are also revamping the website, PenderPublicLibrary.org, adding new resources, such as Ancestry and TumbleBooks, that
customers can access online.
• E-books, E-audiobooks and videos are also available online through the library website.
• A library card number is necessary for most online services and you can apply online at PenderPublicLibrary.org.
• If you have questions, please call the libraries from 9am to 6pm Monday through Friday if you have a question or send them an email from the links provided at PenderPublicLibrary.org from “contact us.”
• Pender County Tax is fully operational.
• The listing forms can be submitted via mail submission back to the print vendor who will record and digitize them without the citizen having to enter the building.
• If a taxpayer would like to drop the listing form off at the tax office, they can use the outside drop box to submit those forms.
• Tax payments can still be made online and over the phone as well as at the secured lockbox in front of the Howard Holly building.
• As always, staff is available over the phone, via email and by appointment.
• Website to pay Pender County Tax bill: https://mss.pendercountync.gov/MSS/citizens/default.aspx
• It can also be found under the “I WANT TO” header on our website and click on view/pay my tax bill
• Email: email@example.com
• Tax Collections Phone Number: (910) 259-1222
• Tax Assessment Phone Number: (910) 259-1221
Parks and Recreation
Pender County Parks and Recreation can be reached at (910) 259-1330.
• Per the Governors Executive Order 121 Pender County Owned Playgrounds are closed until April 30th. At which time things will be reassessed.
• The Holly Shelter Shooting Range is closed until further notice.
• All organized league play and County Sponsored activities are suspended until further notice.
• Restroom Facilities remain open and are being cleaned and disinfected daily.
• Trails, Greenways, Athletic fields, and open space in parks remain open for normal operating hours. Social distance guidelines must be followed – park visitors should always keep at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others, and no gatherings of more than 10 people may occur.
• Staff is not taking any new facility reservation request until further notice. This includes athletic fields, picnic shelters, the Hampstead Annex rooms, and the Pender County Courthouse Square.
Planning, Permitting, and Inspections
For more information, please call (910) 259-1202.
• In response to COVID-19, Pender County Planning and Community Development has remained committed to serving the public in anything they might need.
• Staff encourages anyone interested in applying for a building permit to do so using the PORT, which is our online permitting portal and can be found at pendercountync.gov/port/.
• A directory of all employees including direct phone lines and emails within the Permitting and Inspections Divisions can be found at pendercountync.gov/inp/, while the Planning Division directory can be found at pendercountync.gov/pcd/.
• If an in-person meeting is necessary, appointments are strongly encouraged, and staff from each of the three divisions are available at either the main County Complex in Burgaw or at the Hampstead Annex.
Register of Deeds Office
The Register of Deeds Office can be reached by calling (910) 259-1225.
• Staff is limiting public entry at this time.
• All vital records request should be done online or by mail.
• Recorders are encouraged to use our E-recording services.
• In-person recordings are handled by appointment.
• Marriage license are issued by appointment and the application should be completed online before the appointment.
• Notary Oaths are administered by appointment.
PCU can be reached at (910) 259-1570.
Payment for water/sewer bills are accepted online at: https://mss.pendercountync.gov/MSS/citizens/default.aspx In addition, drive up window and drop box payments will be accepted in Burgaw for utility customers. A drop box is also available for utility payments at the Hampstead Annex.
BURGAW – All Pender County Government offices will close Good Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 in observance of the Easter holiday. Offices will resume normal office hours on Tuesday, April 14.
Pender County Trash and Recycling Sites will remain open for regular service hours on the county’s Easter holidays of April 10 and April 13. The Hampstead Transfer Station house will also remain open for regular service hours during the county’s Easter holidays. Please display your recycle or full-service trash decals or provide proof of residency with a bill using your Pender County address.
“Let us take this opportunity to remind Pender County residents that many government services are available 24/7 online,” Chad McEwen, Pender County manager, said. “We urge residents to stay home and follow Gov. Cooper’s Stay at Home Executive Order 121. Please practice social distancing when shopping for essentials. Residents are urged to practice good hygiene, wear a face-covering mask, and use hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol. If we follow these simple guidelines, the quicker we can return to our normal lives.”
Here is today’s Situation Report. There are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pender County. The health department knows of 89 residents who have been tested for COVID-19 (this does not include the number of tests by medical providers outside the county); 72 of those tests were confirmed negative and 16 tests are currently pending.