Sept. 21, 2020. From Hyde County Health Department

Hyde County Health Department today reported that active COVID-19 cases have “dropped significantly” with new cases trending downward over the last week.

These active cases have dropped significantly because many of the COVID-19 patients recovered at the same time, said Health Director Luana Gibbs.  

As of today (Sept. 21), Gibbs reported a total case count of 126. 

Of this total, one is an active case, 120 have recovered and five are deaths, she said. There have been two more deaths since the last update, totaling five, but no information on those was given.

New cases over the past week have trended downward as well. 

“These are all good things,” she said. “However, we must not let our guard down.  Please continue to wear facial coverings, socially distance by at least six feet and wash your hands.  Avoid large crowds as well.  Thank you to those who are complying.  Your efforts are not in vain.”

She stressed that the Health Department tests anyone who suspects they are sick with COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has the virus.  They also test those who request testing even without symptoms.

“There are no out-of-pocket fees to individuals, but we do ask if you have insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, you bring your card with you for testing,” she said. 

Appointments are required; they do not see walk-in clients.

Related to COVID-19 testing, there will be a drive-through testing event in Fairfield at the Fairfield United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Sept. 29, starting at 4 p.m. and lasting until the last appointment is seen. 

Appointments are required and can be obtained by calling 252-926-4397 or 252-926-4382.  Again, there is no out-of-pocket expense to the person being tested, but those who have insurance should bring those cards and a photo ID.  

Hyde County Health Department remains available to the public to answer questions and provide education, and can be reached at 252-926-4399 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

For 24/7 on-call services, dial the Coronavirus Hotline at1-866-462-3821.

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