For Immediate Release
December 14, 2020
Hyde County is currently experiencing an uptick in positive laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases. As of today at 1:00 p.m. the active number of cases has reached 27. Of this total, 10 are individuals on Ocracoke Island, while the remainder of 17 is from the Mainland. Likely, this increase in cases is a result of multiple incidents, such as gatherings over the Thanksgiving holiday, and an increase in viral spread simply from community gatherings. The safest way to protect yourself is to avoid unnecessary gatherings of people you do not live with, wear a facial covering when you are in public, practice social distancing of 6 feet or more, and wash your hands frequently.
Health Director Luana Gibbs states, “I know people are weary and tired of COVID-19. I am, too. We must do everything we can to reduce community spread. We have lost 5 members of our County to this extremely contagious virus. We do not want to lose more, and you never know who will have a mild case, versus a serious or lethal case. Please practice the 3 Ws and stay at home as much as possible.”
The Health Department is currently using Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative (CCTC) to perform our case investigations and contact tracing. If you receive a call from this organization and you do not answer, they will identify themselves as calling on behalf of the Hyde County Health Department and ask you to call the statewide call center at 844-628-7223. Please follow all of their instructions.
As always, the Hyde County Health Department remains available to the public to answer questions and provide education. We can be reached at 926-4399 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For 24/7 on-call services, dial 1-866-462-3821, the Coronavirus Hotline.
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Practice the 3 Ws - Wear, Wait, Wash!!!