Inside the Ocracoke Coffee Company on Back Road. Photo: C. Leinbach

The Ocracoke Coffee Company on Back Road will reopen Sunday morning. It closed Wednesday while two of its employees exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 awaited test results.

The shop announced via Facebook Friday evening that the results were negative. “We’ve had a deep clean and all is sanitized to be ready for the normal 7 a.m. opening,” the post said.

As of this morning, according to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, there are 69 cases in Hyde County which includes one case on Ocracoke. However, Melissa Sadler, nursing supervisor for the Hyde County Health Department said on Friday that this case was of someone who lives outside the county and that this case will be removed from Hyde’s case tally.

“There are several that have tested on Ocracoke or claimed to live on Ocracoke, but they live in another county,” she said.

In neighboring Dare County, the number of positive COVID-19 tests is 415, 15 of which are considered active in Dare County. Of the 415 cases, 224 are residents and 191 are non-residents. One resident remains hospitalized outside of Dare County.

Statewide, there are 151,912 laboratory-confirmed cases, 2,494 deaths and 2,030,885 completed tests; 1,015 are currently hospitalized.

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