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Hyde County COVID-19 update

The active case count for positive COVID-19 cases as of Dec. 29 at 4:30 p.m. today is 82; total cases to date is 348; recovered 231; and deaths 5. Numbers may not reflect total counts, as lag time exists. This is a significant rise in cases, but today’s count includes activity since December 23, 2020. The Health Department did not report activity during the Christmas holiday; however, we did contact people who had positive lab results during this time, so they could isolate. Please be aware, you can expect a steady incline of cases, as community spread is rampant.

The control of viral spread is dependent upon public action. The very best protection is to stay home, but if you must be out, socially distance from people, wear facial coverings, and wash your hands frequently. Get your vaccine as soon as possible (see below), and continue to practice the 3 Ws. The prevention of people getting sick and dying is related to our actions. We must all, as a society, do our part.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is at the Health Department, and vaccinations have begun for Health Care Workers within Hyde County. We are following NC DHHS guidance on who to vaccinate and when. NC DHHS makes those decisions based on the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The next phase of individuals to get vaccinated will be individuals greater than 75 years old, regardless of health conditions, and essential front-line workers. Stay tuned, as you will continue to get updates about when you can receive your vaccination.

Hyde County Health Department continues to test those who have been exposed to the virus, or develop symptoms. An appointment is required, but we can be reached at the number listed below.

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. Get your information from reliable sources, such as: ● CDC, www.cdc.gov/Coronavirus ● NC Division of Health and Human Services, www.ncdhhs.gov, ● Hyde County Health Department, www.hydehealth.com, 252-926-4399