The Hyde County Health Department announced today that there are now 33 positive COVID-19 cases in Hyde County.

Of those cases, 26 have recovered, which means we are now following seven cases, said Hyde County Health Director Luanna Gibbs in the release.

“Thankfully, we have had no deaths in Hyde County,” she said. “Press releases on new cases stopped on July 3, however, weekly releases will come out with updates.”

Gibbs had announced at the Hyde County commissioners meeting July 6 that mass testing for COVID-19 would begin on both the mainland and Ocracoke.

The mainland will be first with testing starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Mattamuskeet High School.

Appointments are required and those wanting one should contact the Health Department for your appointment.

Mass testing will be provided on Ocracoke Island in the near future, and more testing sites are possible on the mainland in the upcoming weeks.

As more testing occurs, more positive cases will surface. This is an effort to identify folks who may be infectious and not know they are because they have no symptoms. It’s yet another way to slow the spread of the virus. COVID-19 remains a serious virus, and prevention measures should be used consistently, especially the three Ws: Wear a face covering; Wait six feet away from other people; and Wash your hands frequently.

Gov. Roy Cooper on June 24 ordered that the wearing of face coverings is mandatory statewide and continued Phase 2 of reopening until July 17.

The Hyde County Health Department remains available to the public to answer questions and provide education, in person and online at

Businesses are encouraged to call if they have questions or concerns about how to keep their employees and patrons safe.

Hyde Health can be reached at 252-926-4399 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Daily updates on the number of coronavirus cases in North Carolina are available on the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services website on their COVID-19 information dashboard at

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