Hyde County reports laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19

Published 6:36 pm Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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Hyde County Health Director Luana Gibbs announced the first official laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 in Hyde County on April 29.

Gibbs states that the Health Department has consistently followed NC Department of Health and Human Services protocols and the case has been properly vetted. The individual is in isolation. Communicable disease staff have conducted contact tracing, identified individuals who may have had close contact with the individual and implemented quarantine recommendations and orders. Close contact is anyone who has been within six feet of the individual for more than 10 minutes. To protect the privacy of all individuals, the press release from Hyde County stated no further information will be released.

In two other instances, positive cases were reported in Hyde, but later retracted. In one case, the person turned out to be in Pitt County and in the other, incorrect test results were reported.

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The Hyde County Health Department shared the following:

– Stay home unless conducting essential business, such as buying groceries or visiting a pharmacy.

– When essential business must be conducted, practice social distancing, which is staying at least six feet away from others, and wear facial covering. To learn how to make your own facial covering, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx1yqvJgf4

– Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

– Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

– Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue that is then promptly thrown in the trash.

– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces several times a day.

– Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing noses, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.



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