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HYDE COUNTY: COVID-19 State of Emergency

Local Government

By Press release submission | Mar 21, 2020

State of emergency

Hyde County issued the following announcement on Mar. 18.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 8:00am, the Hyde County Board of

Commissioners met in an emergency meeting and enacted a State of

Emergency for all of Hyde County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The

State of Emergency is effective at 10:00am March 18, 2020. This emergency

declaration will allow county officials to implement any restrictions needed to

help restrict the transmission of COVID-19 and also allow for any emergency

funding mechanisms from state and federal sources. As per the State of

Emergency, the following restrictions are now in place for Hyde County.

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


The Hyde County Senior Center is closed until March 31, 2020.

The Hyde County Adult Day Activities Program is closed until March 31,


Visitor restrictions to Ocracoke begin Thursday, March 19, 2020 at

5:00am. This restriction only applies to new visitors to the island, there is

not an evacuation order. It does not apply to workers, residents, vendors,

or property owners. We will release more details on reentry guidelines by

the end of the day.

In coordination with the Hyde County Health Director and in alignment with

guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all persons are

urged to maintain social distancing, approximately six feet away from other

people whenever possible, and to continue to wash hands, utilize hand

sanitizer, and practice proper respiratory etiquette, including coughing into their

elbows. We also encourage all Hyde County citizens and prospective visitors to

postpone discretionary travel to and from the county.

Hyde County offices will remain open. However, in the interest of the safety of

our visitors and staff, face to face contact will be limited. Before visiting Hyde

County offices, please check the website or call us to verify if services can be received online or over the phone.

Hyde County will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation. County

officials are working closely with the North Carolina Department of Health and

Human Services, North Carolina Emergency Management, and the CDC for

guidance as we move forward. As of 8:00am March 18, 2020 no individuals in

Hyde County have tested positive for COVID-19.

During this pandemic, it's extremely important to access reliable sources of

information. For regularly updated information on COVID-19 in Hyde County

visit the Public Health page at the Hyde County Health Department website

hydehealth.com/public-health/ or follow their social media outlets. You can also

find reliable information on COVID-19 at the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention website www.cdc.gov/coronavirus, or the North Carolina Department

of Health and Human Services website www.ncdhhs.gov/.

Original source: http://www.hydecountync.gov/index.php

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