Hyde County announces first case of coronavirus

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19.The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. [Image courtesy CDC]

Hyde County officials on Saturday announced the county’s first positive COVID-19 case.

The individual is in isolation. Hyde County Health Department is following NC DHHS guidelines on contact tracing and working diligently to determine anyone who may have come into close contact with the case. Close contact is anyone who has come within six feet of the individual for a period of 10 minutes or more.

Hyde officials did not release any other details. Hyde County includes the Outer Banks island of Ocracoke.

Luana Gibbs, Health Director, reminds the general public to practice prevention measures by doing the following: 

●     Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
●     Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
●     Stay home when you are sick.
●     Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
●     Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
●     Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
●     Practice social distancing (six feet between individuals); avoid handshakes, hugs and other close contact.
Get your information from reliable sources, such as:
●     NC Division of Health and Human Services, www.ncdhhs.gov, 1-866-462-3821 (NC Coronavirus Hotline)

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