The following is from Hyde County Manager Kris Noble
Hyde County is currently experiencing an uptick in positive laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases. As of 1 p.m. Dec. 15, the active number of cases has reached 32.
Likely, this increase in cases is a result of multiple incidents, such as gatherings over the Thanksgiving holiday, and an increase in viral spread simply from community gatherings. The safest way to protect yourself is to avoid unnecessary gatherings of people you do not live with, wear a facial covering when you are in public, practice social distancing of six feet or more and wash your hands frequently.
In an effort to protect our staff and our citizens from the continued spread of this virus, we are restricting access to some offices in the Hyde County Government buildings beginning Wednesday, Dec. 16.
We encourage everyone to take advantage of other ways to do business, including over the phone, online services and using no-contact drop boxes. These changes will remain in effect until Jan. 5, at which time the situation will be reevaluated.
Hyde County Government services can be accessed in the manners listed below. In all cases: CALL BEFORE YOU COME. Numbers are listed below for individual offices.
Hyde County Manager’s Office will be closed to the public but available by appointment only by dialing 252-926-4178 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The clerk to the Board of Commissioners, Lois Stotesberry, can be reached by emailing email@example.com.
The Hyde County Clerk of Court will remain open to the public and can be reached at 252-926-4700.
Hyde County Building Inspections will be closed to the public but available by appointment only. Our inspectors will still make inspections in the field by appointment and using proper safety protocols. The office can be reached at 252-926-4372 or firstname.lastname@example.org Permit applications are available online and a drop box for fees and applications is located in the Government Center lobby. Site inspections are still available by appointment by calling the number above.
Hyde County Cooperative Extension will be closed to the public but available virtually or by appointment by dialing 252-926-4486. You can also email Connie Burleson at email@example.com and the Cooperative Extension staff will work to accommodate your needs.
Hyde County Elections is currently closed to the public but available by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Elections Officer can be reached at 252-926-4194 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Many services are also available online at www.hydecountync.gov Please call and speak to Viola Williams and she will work to accommodate your needs.
Hyde County Department of Social Services can be reached by dialing 252-926-4476. Applications can be completed online. The Department of Social Services delivers mandated services from the federal government. For that reason the lobby is open to the public where paper applications for all programs are available. There is a secure lock box in the lobby to place your applications. For your convenience, we have placed a telephone in the lobby. The office is staffed to answer any questions via telephone. There will be no face-to-face contact with staff unless deemed necessary by the director. DSS will work with you to ensure your needs are met in the safest way possible.
Hyde County Health Department services are available by appointment only. The Health Department is currently asking everyone to call 252-926-4399 and speak to the staff before visiting. COVID-19 testing continues for those who meet the criteria and they will continue to see sick patients. The Health Department is working diligently to provide the most up-to-date information available at www.hydehealth.com This site is updated continually and links to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services site. As always, the Hyde County Health Department remains available to the public to answer questions and provide education Monday through Friday at 252-926-4399, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For 24/7 on-call services, dial the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-866-462-3821.
Hyde County Finance offices, including Human Resources, will be closed to the public but available by appointment only. The Finance Office can be reached by dialing 252-926-4192 or by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Finance Office will work with you to accommodate your needs.
Hyde County Public Information and Information Technology office will be closed to the public but can be reached at 252-926-4474 or via email at email@example.com.
The Hyde County Sheriff’s Department administrative offices will be closed to the public but can be reached at 252-926-3171. In case of an emergency please call 911. If not an emergency or after normal working hours, please call Dare Central Communications at 252-473-3444. The Sheriff and his deputies will continue to ensure your safety during this time.
Hyde County Soil and Water offices will be closed to the public but available by appointment. Soil and water can be reached by dialing 252.926.4195 or 252.926.5291 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Debbie Cahoon will work with you to make sure your needs are met.
The Mattamuskeet Senior Center will continue to be closed to clients. Meals on Wheels is still operational and implementing safeguards against the spread. However, clients will receive their last hot meal of the year on Friday, Dec. 18. At that time, box meals will be provided to clients that will last until after the January 1st holiday.
The Hyde County Register of Deeds will be closed to the public but available for research and face-to-face transactions by appointment only. The ROD can be reached by dialing 252-926-4182 or emailed at email@example.com The Register of Deeds Assistant can be reached at 252-926-4183 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call ahead of time and discuss your needs with staff so they can work with you to meet your needs. Deed searches can also be conducted online at www.hyderod.net.
The Hyde County Tax Office will be closed to the public but available by appointment only. For questions about billing, contact Sue Gurganus at 252-926-4186 or via email at email@example.com or Donnie Shumate at 252-926-4474 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about land records or assessed values, contact Laura Basnight at 252-926-4190 or email at email@example.com. Tax payments, GIS lookups, and property record searches can also be completed online at www.hydecountync.gov in the online services section or on the tax department page. Checks and money orders will also be accepted via a drop box in the lobby of the Government Center. If you use the drop box for payments, please put the payment in an envelope with the bill or documentation stating what property it should be applied to.
The Hyde County Utilities Department administrative offices will be closed to the public but can be reached at 252-926-4196. Payments can be made online at www.hydecountync.gov and a drop box is available outside of the office for checks and/or money orders. Also, payments can be made over the phone. Please call the Utilities Office to discuss your individual needs and staff will work to accommodate your needs.
Hyde County Veteran’s Services office will be closed to the public but will be available by appointment only on Mondays and Wednesdays. Sherrie Stotesberry can be reached at 252-926-4383 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hyde County Convenience Sites will remain open. However, we ask the visiting public to maintain a six-foot distance from employees and each other while utilizing the sites, to wear a mask and practice frequent hand sanitizing.
Hyde County staff is committed to serving the public during this unprecedented time and will work to serve the public’s needs while also protecting the staff and the public. Please visit www.hydecountync.gov/online-services/ to see a list of online services available to you.
What can we all do right now to stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an approved hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people (maintain a distance of 6 feet)
- Cover your mouth/ nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
We are asking everyone in Hyde County to stay home when possible, avoid crowds, maintain a six-foot. distance from people when making necessary outings, and to remain calm and vigilant. Together, through diligent effort, we can stop the spread of this threat across our county.