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