From the Hyde County Health Department

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Hyde County Health Department and a Swan Quarter business owner, what was classified as an “outbreak” in a workplace setting has been resolved, Hyde County, Health Director Luana Gibbs reported Wednesday.

People who are visiting the NC DHHS COVID-19 Dashboard website may have seen that case counts spiked between July 9 and July 17, which was related to this outbreak, she said in a press release.  

As of Wednesday (July 22), the COVID-19 numbers reflect a total count of 35 cases of which 32 have recovered, with an active case count of three. Again, there has been only one hospitalization to date, and, thankfully, no deaths. The one hotspot we have noted was the Swan Quarter workplace outbreak as described above. 

Although COVID-19 continues to spread, the number of active cases has slowed down this week. 

Drive-through mass COVID-19 testing provided by MakoMedical Laboratories, in partnership with the Health Department, was conducted at Mattamuskeet Campus, Wednesday, July 17. The event was a success with 20 participants who have received their results.  

Additional events are in planning, including Ocracoke Island and more for the mainland. 

Gibbs notes that there is no charge for residents who test at a mass testing event. Other testing dates and locations will be announced later. 

The Hyde County Health Department remains available to the public to answer questions and provide education. 

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

Individuals with questions are encouraged to call 252-926-4399 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

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