The Hyde County Health Dept. released the following COVID-19 update for Friday, October 16, which details the county’s most recent active cases, testing efforts, and additional community information.
Today, Hyde County is reporting a total COVID-19 case count of 175. Of this total, 29 are active cases, 141 have recovered, and 5 are deaths.
The sharp rise in active cases is due to an outbreak in a local correctional facility. Though many of the active cases are confined to this facility, COVID remains spreading within our community. The best thing people can do to prevent spread is to wear a facial covering, avoid large crowds, practice social distancing of 6 feet or more, and wash your hands frequently. Luana Gibbs, Health Director, has stated in the past that this request for compliance should not be based on a political agenda. “I personally do not care who anyone votes for or supports. I simply want our public to care for each other as a community, and implement these strategies. As decent human beings, we should have the humanity to conduct ourselves in ways that say ‘I care for you and will do what I can to keep you safe.’ That means putting on the mask, staying apart by 6 feet, and washing your hands.” Gibbs goes on to say, “though doing these things may not be pleasurable, it is what is needed. We are living in the midst of a pandemic. Show your compassion.”
Please remember, the Health Department tests anyone who suspects they are sick with COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has the virus. We 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. We also ask that you call for an appointment as we do not see walk in clients.
As always, the Hyde County Health Department remains available to the public to answer questions and provide education. We can be reached at 926-4399 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For 24/7 on-call services, dial 1-866-462-3821, the Coronavirus Hotline.