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The Halifax County Public Health System has added three more positive cases of the novel coronavirus to its tally, bringing the total to 77.

As of midnight Tuesday, health system Director Bruce Robistow said in his update the department is aware of 499 confirmed tests.

The breakdown of those results is as follows:

77 positive cases; one related death; and 45 recoveries.

There are 33 tests pending and 389 negative test results.

The Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code has the largest number of positive cases at 26 and includes the one death, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard.

There remain 17 positive cases at Caledonia Correctional Institution in Tillery, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

The trending graph contained in the photo gallery is tracking upwards, Robistow said. “Although our numbers may be small, an increasing trend is a good indicator of the fact that more tests are being performed, and that we cannot forget the importance of following the executive orders and recommendations.

“Please be sure to practice appropriate social distancing, handwashing, respiratory hygiene, and wearing a facial covering whenever you are out in public. We will continue to monitor and post this trend line graph.”

Northampton County

There are now 116 positive cases and five related deaths, the county’s health department reported in its afternoon update. There are 66 recoveries.

(For the state's congregate living information count, refer to this link)

“According to NCDHHS, a novel coronavirus COVID-19-associated death is defined for surveillance purposes as a death resulting from a clinically compatible illness that was confirmed to be COVID-19 by an appropriate laboratory test,” the Tuesday update said. “There should be no period of complete recovery between COVID-19 diagnosis and death. Based on this case definition and an investigation into the illness of the case patient, NCDHHS is classifying this event as a COVID-19 related death.”