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Duplin County’s Weekly COVID-19 Update


*Notification of Board meeting


The Duplin County Board of Elections, Election Recount meeting will held Tuesday, November 24, 2020 starting at 8 am

at the Ed Emory Auditorium 165 Agriculture Dr, Kenansville, NC


*Due to covid-19 seating will be limited please RSVP to BOE by Monday to Reserve a seat

 (910) 296-2170  

Office of the
June H. Hargrove, Register of Deeds
Post Office Box 970; 118 Duplin Street, Kenansville, NC 28349
Telephone: (910) 296-2108 Fax: (910) 296-2344


The Duplin County Register of Deeds Office now offers a new system to help citizens better combat fraudulent activity. Register of Deeds June H. Hargrove recently introduced the Fraud Detection Notification service to alert citizens when documents are recorded in the office matching their names.

Citizens can sign up for this free monitoring service in just moments with ease. The applicant provides their name, email address, and up to five names they wish to monitor for document filings. Once registration is complete, the system will send alerts via email when any documents, such as powers of attorney or deeds, are filed with the Register of Deeds Office. To register for this free service, visit www.duplinrod.com, and click on “Fraud Detection Alert System.”

For more information about the Fraud Detection Notification Alert System, contact June H. Hargrove at (910) 296-2108.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the qualified voters of the County of Duplin, in accordance with N.C.G.S. 163-33, that the registration books will close on Friday, October 9,2020 @ 5:00 PM, for the General Elections to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The polls will be open on the day of the election from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Buffer zones as designated by G.S. 163-166.4 shall be 50 feet from the entrance to the voting place.  For a list of polling locations visit www.duplincountync.com/board-of-elections/

The following offices will be submitted to the voters:

US President, US Senate, US House of Representatives District 03, NC Governor, NC Lieutenant Governor, NC Attorney General, NC Auditor, NC Commissioner of Agriculture, NC Commissioner of Insurance, NC Commissioner of Labor, NC Secretary of State, NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, NC Treasurer, NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Seat 01, NC Supreme Court Associate Justice Seat 02, NC Supreme Court Associate Justice Seat 04, NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 04, NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 05, NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 06, NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 07, NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 13, NC State Senate District 10, NC House of Representatives District 04, NC District Court Judge District 4 seat 03, NC District Court Judge District 4 seat 04, NC District Court Judge District 4 seat 05, NC District Court Judge District 4 seat 06, NC District Court Judge District 4 seat 07, NC District Court Judge District 4 seat 08, NC District Court Judge District 4 seat 09, Duplin County Board of Commissioners Districts 01, Duplin County Board of Commissioners Districts 04, Duplin County Board of Commissioners Districts 5, Duplin County Register of Deeds, Duplin Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

Special Election on the Fire District Tax Referendum for the following Fire District in Duplin County: 

Liberty Fire District 

Request for an absentee ballot must be made on a form created by the State Board of Elections and signed by the voter, near relative or verifiable legal guardian by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2020. The Board of Elections will meet each Tuesday, September 29th, October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, & November 2nd at 5:00pm to approve absentee applications; and on November 13 at 10:00 am to consider supplemental absentee and provisional applications.

One-Stop early voting will be held at three locations: Site 1) Ed Emory Auditorium located at 165 Agricultural Drive, Kenansville, NC 28349. Site 2) American Legion Post#156 located at 529 East Southerland Street, Wallace, NC 28466. Site 3) Warsaw Recreation Center (Thompson Gym) 309 Memorial Drive Warsaw, NC 28398 beginning on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 8:00am and ending on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at 3:00pm.  One-Stop early voting hours for the one-stop period will be:


October 15th-16th, October 19th-23rd, and October 26th-30th from 8:00am to 7:30pm


October 17th from 8:00am to 7:30pm

 October 24th & 31st from 8:00am to 3:00pm


October 25th from 1:00pm to 6:00pm


Canvass will be held November 13, 2020, at 11:00 am at the Duplin County Board of Elections Office.



                                                                                                Augustin Jimenez, Chairman

                                                                                                Duplin County Board of Elections

Duplin County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) are launching new initiatives to expand COVID-19 testing and contact tracing across the state and help Duplin County families protect themselves and their neighbors. Testing and tracing are core public health measures and key components of North Carolina’s strategy to responsibly ease restrictions while continuing to slow the spread of the virus.

People in Duplin County can now access new online tools to determine if they should consider being tested for COVID-19 and find a nearby testing place. The tool will also help individuals monitor their symptoms if they have tested positive for or been exposed to COVID-19. In addition, NCDHHS launched a new platform to integrate contact tracing efforts across the state. Duplin County Health Department will transition over the next several weeks to use this specific software program for ongoing contact tracing work.

“There are a number of testing sites located within Duplin County so if you feel that you should be tested, then call your primary care provider or visit the new online tool to identify a local testing site,” said Tracey Simmons-Kornegay, Duplin County Health Director.

“These new COVID-19 testing tools and resources help North Carolinians have the support and information they need to take care of themselves and their loved ones,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. “When more people get tested, and we all work alongside the COVID-19 Community Team to do our part with contact tracing, we can protect our loved ones and slow the spread of the virus.”

New Online Tools to Increase Access to Testing
Having more than tripled the amount of testing completed just a month ago, North Carolina continues to ramp up testing. The new online tools are intended to help people know if they may need a test, how to get a test, and monitor their own symptoms if advised to do so by a contact tracer. These tools include:

     Check My Symptoms (www.ncdhhs.gov/symptoms), a public website that allows people to enter their symptoms to determine if they should      consider getting tested for COVID-19. If a test is recommended, they will receive a link to a list of nearby testing sites via email or text.

     Find My Testing Place (www.ncdhhs.gov/TestingPlace), a public website that allows people to enter their county or ZIP code and access a list of nearby testing site locations online.

     COVID-19 Community Team Outreach (CCTO) Tool, a password-protected online software that helps people track their own symptoms if they have been advised to do so by the COVID-19 Community Team. It is also a platform that helps streamline and integrate contact tracing work across the state.

Expanded Contact Tracing Through The COVID-19 Community Team
Through contact tracing, the COVID-19 Community Team reaches out to people who may have recently come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 and connects them with the information and support needed to protect themselves and their loved ones.
It is important that people answer the call when the Community Team reaches out. Individuals being
contacted will get an initial text from the number 45394 or email from NC-ARIAS-NoReply@dhhs.nc.gov
with follow-up phone calls from Duplin County Health Department at 910-296-2130 or from NC
OUTREACH (844-628-7223). The Community Team will never ask for anyone’s Social Security Number,
bank or credit card numbers, or any other financial information at any time. Any information shared
during the call is a private health record and is strictly confidential.

Continued Prevention Measures
All North Carolinians should continue practicing their 3 Ws when they leave home: Wear. Wait. Wash.
      Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people.
      Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
      Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

“If we all do our part, we can protect our family and neighbors and get back to enjoying things
like family gatherings, pastimes, and community events outside of our homes,” said NCDHHS Secretary
Mandy Cohen, M.D. “By working together, we will slow the spread of this virus.”
For more information on testing and contact tracing, please call Duplin County Health Department at
910-296-2130 ext 8160.

NCDHHS has provided the following:
      Frequently Asked Questions about Testing (covid19.ncdhhs.gov/Testing)
     Frequently Asked Questions about Contact Tracing (covid19.ncdhhs.gov/ContactTracing)
     Latest information on COVID-19, visit nc.gov/covid19

For more data and information about North Carolina’s testing strategy, visit the COVID-19 North
Carolina Dashboard: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.

As required by N.C.G.S.  159-12, notice is hereby given that the budget estimate for Duplin County for fiscal year 2020-21 was presented by the Budget Officer to the Board of Commissioners on Monday, May 18, 2020.  Pursuant to N.C.G.S 158-7.1(c) notice is also hereby given that the budget for the Duplin County Economic Development department for fiscal year 2020-21 is included in said budget.  A copy of both budgets are available for public inspection in the County Mangers office located at 224 Seminary Street, Kenansville.  The required Public Hearing on the 2020-21 budget including the Economic Development department’s budget will be held on Monday, June 1st, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lois G. Britt Agricultural Building in the Ed Emory Auditorium located at 165 Agricultural Drive, Kenansville, NC  28349


                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Duplin County Board of Commissioners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Davis H. Brinson, Clerk to the Board

North Carolina Baptists on Mission is partnering with Duplin County Government to provide a daily meal for school-aged children due to the absence of school
meal availability. Beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, a mid-day meal will be available to K-12 aged children at designated sites in the county. Coordination efforts are currently underway. Details about pick-up locations and times will be announced later this week.

Beginning March 24, 2020, Social Services will be closing the lobby to the public but will be providing curbside service to assist citizens with applying for services, making payments in cash, and assessing service needs.  Anyone needing assistance with applications will be able to come into the agency after meeting with outside staff.  This change will minimize exposure for clients and staff.  Residents are encouraged to contact the agency prior to coming to the agency in order to determine whether your needs can be met by phone or computer or to schedule an appointment.  You may also email us at duplindss@duplincountync.com.

  • Applications for Food and Nutrition Services and Medicaid can be completed online with ePass at https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do .  Paper copies of the application can also be picked up through curbside service.  Assistance with applications can be provided at the agency if needed.
  • There is a drop box available on the left front-side of the building and can be utilized for dropping off applications or other paperwork for an employee.  Payments can also be left in the drop box in the form of check or money order and should be in a sealed envelope with your name, address, and date of birth written on the outside of the envelope.  Any payments in cash can be paid at curbside service as well.
  • Crisis Intervention (CIP) and Low Income Energy Assistance (LIEAP) applications can be completed by phone by contacting the 910-296-2372.
  • Please contact the following numbers if you need assistance or would like to schedule an appointment.
  • Main Number:   910-296-2200
  • Child abuse and neglect reports:  910-296-2200 or 910-271-4985
  • Adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation reports:  910-296-2200 or 910-271-4038.
  • Child Support:  910-296-2213.
  • Non emergency Transportation and Special Assistance:  910-296-2382.

Duplin County Animal Services
117 Middleton Cemetery Lane
Kenansville, NC 28349

(910) 296-2159

In the interest of public safety and the state executive order 117, we advise the following recommendations for Duplin County Animal Services.

  • All transporters need to remain in their vehicles and call 910-296-2159 or 910-289-7604, on arrival for assistance. Please do not enter the building. We will bring the animal out to you.
  • All potential adopters, only one person at a time walking through the building.
  • Anyone needing rabies vaccinations for your pet, leave your animal in the vehicle while we prepare your paperwork and process your payment. We will go to your vehicle to give the vaccine.
  • If you feel unwell or have a fever, do not enter the building. Call 910-296-2159 or 910-289-7604 for assistance.
  • All complaints should dial 910-296-2159 or 910-289-7604.In the event that you do not get an answer, please leave your address, name and callback number. We will call you back as soon as possible. If it is an emergency please dial 911.
  • If you are missing a pet, you may email a picture to dcanimals@duplincountync.com. If you feel that you need to check the shelter for yourself, we understand. Please be mindful of only one person at a time inside the building.
  • Rescues can view animals in our adoptable album. If you need to evaluate an animal, please call 910-296-2159 or 910-289-7604 for an appointment.