UPDATED: Hyde County says first coronavirus case is isolating elsewhere, has ‘more than one’ address

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19.The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. [Image courtesy CDC]

Officials have revised their statement on a coronavirus patient who claims a Hyde County address, but is “isolating in another county,” where the person actually resides.

“After diligent contact tracing of Hyde County’s first case of COVID-19, it has been determined that the identified case has been isolating in another county, where the individual resides,” the county said in a statement. “The individual has more than one address and provided a Hyde County address when tested, causing Hyde to be the county of ownership. The individual reports there has been no travel to Hyde County during or after illness and there has been no contact with any individual in Hyde County during this period.

Hyde officials did not say where the person actually resides or what county they are isolating in.

“This case will be followed in the appropriate county of residence, but Hyde County citizens should remain cognizant of the fact we are still vulnerable to the illness. Please continue to practice the prevention measures you will see in each press release, which are as follows: on Saturday announced the county’s first positive COVID-19 case.”

Hyde officials did not release any other details. Hyde County includes the Outer Banks island of Ocracoke.

Luana Gibbs, Health Director, reminds the general public to practice prevention measures by doing the following: 

●     Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
●     Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
●     Stay home when you are sick.
●     Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
●     Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
●     Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
●     Practice social distancing (six feet between individuals); avoid handshakes, hugs and other close contact.
Get your information from reliable sources, such as:
●     CDC, www.cdc.gov/Coronavirus
●     NC Division of Health and Human Services, www.ncdhhs.gov, 1-866-462-3821 (NC Coronavirus Hotline)

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