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There are now 188 positive cases of the novel coronavirus being reported in Halifax County and a total of 134 recoveries.

Data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, as of this report, has not yet been updated to include the positive cases Halifax County Health Director Bruce Robistow reported as coming from a nursing home.

The state makes those updates late Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

Robistow told the Halifax County Board of Commissioners Monday four staff members of an undisclosed nursing home in the county had tested positive for COVID-19.

In his update this afternoon Robistow said the health department is aware of 1,204 confirmed tests performed on county residents. There have been 1,004 known negative test results.

There are 12 test results pending.

In his update Robistow said there are significant points to note. “First, the number of tests performed, as well as the number of negatives have jumped significantly. Secondly you will note that our number of positive cases have jumped to four but the trend line continues down.”

What that shows, Robistow said, is, “We continue a downward trend during a significant increase in testing. This is a positive indication that many of you are doing a good job of mitigating COVID-19. Thank you for that.”

He continues to encourage residents to wait 6-feet in line, practice hand washing, and wear a facial covering in the public. “Let’s all hope that we can continue the downward trend.”