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The number of cumulative positive cases for COVID-19 rose by 15 since the Halifax County Health Department’s last report on Thursday.

“Today is the highest number of positives reported in one single day in Halifax County,” the health department said. “You will note a shift upward, both in the number of positives and in the overall trend line.”

This report, the health department said, “provides added importance to the fact we all need to continue to practice the three W’s and also continue to follow the governor’s executive orders.”  

The health department’s weekly graph on positive results compared to the volume of tests performed shows positive test results are high but have maintained at 16.9 percent from last week to this week.

In its update this afternoon the health department reported the following:

As of midnight Thursday the health department is aware of 1,578 confirmed tests performed on residents. 

The breakdown is as follows: 272 positive cases; three related deaths; and 217 patients recovered.

The approximate number of current cases can be calculated by subtracting the recoveries from the positives reported since testing began.    

There are 21 tests pending and 1,285 negative test results.

Rural Health Group

Rural Health Group reported via its Facebook page it has staff which have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

As a result, facility hours have been adjusted to accommodate deep cleaning. “We have already begun conducting contact tracing as per Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Any patient that may have been exposed to the virus will be contacted ASAP. All staff at the location have been tested and will be re-tested in six days as per standard protocol.”

The post does not mention the location but in a post made today, RHG said due to the asymptomatic spread of COVID-19, it manages all locations as if they have positive occurrences by performing high touch and deep surface cleaning regularly. “RHG medical offices have had (a) positive presence in all locations, whether patients or staff. Therefore, cleaning beyond routine is scheduled for all medical and dental locations.” 

The locations currently scheduled for the first round of deep cleaning are all dental clinics — Roanoke Rapids, Jackson, and Henderson —  all Roanoke Rapids clinics, and its Norlina and Henderson clinics. 

The second round will include Rich Square, Scotland Neck, Whitakers, Lake Gaston in Littleton, and Twin County in Hollister. “The safety of our patients and the community is paramount. Through contact tracing, RHG in conjunction with the local health department will inform all patients who may have been exposed to the virus. Additionally, in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus RHG encourages everyone to wear masks, wash hands and social distance as stressed by the CDC.”

Northampton County

The health department reported Thursday there were 186 total positive cases of which 150 have recovered. There are 15 related deaths.