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

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

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:  

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