Message from Hyde County Manager

Press Release
Stay Calm but Remain Vigilant to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

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Message from Hyde County Manager

COVID-19, one of the coronaviruses that is spreading throughout the world, the United States, and North Carolina now, is characterized as a respiratory illness. COVID-19 is spread by coughing, sneezing, and close personal contact.

The sharing of information and adherence to suggested guidelines from health officials are the most proactive steps we can all take right now.

Make sure the information that you are relying on comes from trusted sources. The Center for Disease Control, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Safety and the Hyde County Health Department are the most trusted and reliable sources of information available. 

At the time of this release, the following case statistics in North Carolina exist per NC DHHS:  Updated daily by 11 a.m. each day. Last updated 3:00 p.m., March 23, 2020.  
NC Cases* NC Deaths NC Completed Tests** US Cases*** US Deaths***
297 0 8,438 33,404 400

*This number reflects positive results from all tests, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and all hospital and commercial labs.** This number reflects testing completed by the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospital and commercial laboratories.*** These numbers are
provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are updated by the CDC at 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

On Saturday, March 21, 2020 the Hyde County Health Department was notified of Hyde County's first positive COVID-19 case. After following NC DHHS guidelines on contact tracing and working diligently the Health Department was able to determine that the identified case had been isolated in another county, where the individual resides.The individual has more than one address and provided a Hyde County address when tested, causing Hyde to be the county of ownership. The individual reports there has been no travel to Hyde County during or after illness and there has been no contact with any individual in Hyde County during this period. This case will be followed in the appropriate county of residence, but Hyde County citizens should remain cognizant of the fact we are still vulnerable to the illness. 

Mitigation Efforts

  • Mass gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited and we strongly discourage any gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Restaurant operations will be restricted to pick up and delivery orders only.
  • Visitor restrictions to Ocracoke began Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 5:00am. Non-resident property owners will be restricted beginning March 24, 2020 unless that non-resident property owner is currently working on critical repairs to their property. In that case they may be issued a temporary access permit to complete that work. Emergency personnel, residents and local business workers only (Red, Yellow and Green Reentry Tags) will be allowed access. Non resident property owners and construction workers will have to apply for and receive a temporary permit through an online process located at 
  • Public access will be restricted to Hyde County Government buildings beginning Tuesday, March 23, 2020. Hyde County Government Offices can be accessed as follows: 

In all cases: CALL BEFORE YOU COME!! (Numbers are listed below for individual offices) 

  • Hyde County Manager's Office can be reached by dialing 252.926.4178. The Assistant to the County Manager can be reached by emailing and the County Manager can be reached by emailing
  • Hyde County Building Inspections can be reached at 252.926.4372 or Permit applications are available online and a drop box for fees and applications is located in the Government Center lobby. Site inspections are still available by appointment. 
  • The Hyde County Clerk of Court can be reached at 252.926.4700.
  • Hyde County Cooperative Extension is available by dialing 252.926.4486 and by appointment when necessary. 
  • Hyde County Elections is currently closed to the public. The Elections Officer can be reached at 252.926.4194 or at Many services are available online. 
  • Hyde County Department of Social Services can be reached by dialing 252.926.4476. Applications can be completed online. The Department of Social Services delivers mandated services from the federal government, for that reason the lobby is open to the public where paper applications for all programs are available. There is a secure lockbox in the lobby to place your applications. For your convenience, we have placed a telephone in the lobby. The office is staffed to answer any questions via telephone. There will be no face to face contact with staff unless deemed necessary by the Director.
  • Hyde County Health Department is currently asking everyone to call 252. 926.4399 and speak to the staff before visiting. COVID-19 testing continues for those who meet the criteria and they will continue to see sick patients.  The Health Department is working diligently to provide the most current up to date information available at  This site is updated continually and links to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services site. 
  • Hyde County Finance can be reached by dialing 252.926.4192 or by emailing or 
  • Hyde County Human Resources can be reached at 252.926.5282 or by emailing 
  • Hyde County Public Information and Information Technology can be reached at 252.926.4474 or by emailing 
  • The Ocracoke Liaison can be reached at 252.368.6430 or by emailing 
  • The Hyde County Sheriff's Office can be reached at 252.926.3171. In case of an emergency please call 911. If not an emergency or after normal working hours please call Dare Central Communications at 252.473.3444. 
  • Hyde County Soil and Water can be reached by dialing 252.926.4195 or 252.926.5291. 
  • The Mattamuskeet Senior Center is temporarily closed to clients. Meals on Wheels is still operational and implementing safeguards against the spread. 
  • The Hyde County Register of Deeds can be reached by dialing 252.926.4182 or 252.9264183.  The Register of Deeds can be emailed at and the Register of Deeds Assistant can be emailed at Any visits to the ROD will be by appointment only. 
  • The Hyde County Tax Office can be reached by dialing 252.926.4188 or 252.926.4186 for questions or to pay your bill over the phone. Tax payments can also be made online at Checks and Money Orders can be deposited in a drop box outside of the Tax Office. 
  • The Hyde County Utilities Department can be reached at 252.926.4196. Payments can be made online at and a drop box is available outside of the office for checks and/or money orders. 
  • Hyde County Veteran's Services can be reached at 252.926.4383 or by emailing 
  • Hyde County Convenience Sites will remain open however we ask the visiting public to maintain a 6 foot distance from employees and each other while utilizing the sites. 

Hyde County staff is committed to serving the public during this unprecedented time and will work to serve the public's needs while also protecting the staff and the public. 

What can we all do right now to stop the spread of COVID 19:  

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people (maintain a distance of 6 ft)
  • Cover your mouth/ nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched

We are asking everyone in Hyde County to stay home when possible, maintain a 6 ft. distance from people when making necessary outings and to remain calm and vigilant. Keep yourself up to date with the health resources in this letter. When and if a case occurs, trust that the Hyde County Health Department will diligently trace and isolate those infected to prevent further spread. Together through diligent effort we can stop the spread of this threat across our county.


Kris Cahoon Noble, Hyde County Manager

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