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The count for positive COVID-19 cases in Halifax County now stands at 44, after the public health system this afternoon reported four additional cases.

There have been no additional people who have been deemed recovered, system Director Bruce Robistow said in an update.

“Our health department is aware of 250 COVID-19 tests being performed on Halifax County residents to date,” he said in the update.

Of those 250 the health system reported the following:

44 positive cases, one related death and 22 recoveries; 16 tests pending; and 190 negative tests results.

Asked what caused the four-person jump, Robistow said, “Community spread. There are areas of the county where some people cannot or will not practice social distancing and the other recommended practices.” 

Data on whether the 44 who have tested positive have underlying conditions was not immediately available.

Of age ranges, he said, “It is a broad age range.”

Asked whether any of the four additional cases were inmates at Caledonia Correctional Institution in Tillery, where as of today there were 14 positive cases, Robistow said, “Only the department of public safety can report on the status of their inmates.”