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The Halifax County Health Department today reported the fourth novel coronavirus-related death.

The death was reported to the health department Saturday its director, Bruce Robistow, said this afternoon.

He declined to give any demographic information on the deceased, including location, age, and gender.

The ZIP Code area database from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has not yet entered the information.

The state reported the last three related deaths were within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP Code.

In his update for this afternoon, Robistow reported as of midnight Sunday the health department is aware of 1,598 confirmed tests performed on Halifax County residents.

The breakdown is as follows:

283 positive cases; four related deaths; and 223 recoveries.

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

There are 20 tests pending and 1,295 negative results.

Robistow did say this afternoon the information on positive results comes from Rural Health Group, Vidant North Hospital, Vidant Medical Group, any express care centers within the area and any facility outside the county or state which tests a Halifax County resident for COVID-19.

In his update, Robistow said, “Today’s report regretfully indicates one more COVID-19 related death, bringing our total to four. You will also note that the trend line is turning downward slightly but we anticipate more results from other facilities that will come in from the weekend, which will more than likely change the direction of the trend line. We hope to have those results tomorrow.” He said in the update, “From last week, we have hit our highest number of positive cases — 14 — in one day since we started reporting data. Our percent of positives remains at 16.9 percent which is almost double what the state has been reporting.”

He said the county is also “noticing an increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19. Therefore, we all need to continue to practice the three Ws and also continue to follow the governor’s executive orders. We will continue to monitor and post this trend line graph. Let’s all work together to protect each other, wear a mask, wait six feet apart, and wash and disinfect hands frequently.”

Mid-Atlantic Eye Physicians

Mid-Atlantic reported this afternoon via its Facebook page it will be reopening its office Wednesday at 8 a.m.

The practice will still be seeing limited patients, primarily urgent and emergent.

This comes following a report by the practice that an employee who worked last Monday and Tuesday had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The employee had very limited contact with patients. 

The employee was asymptomatic last Monday and Tuesday but later in the week developed sinus congestion and tested positive on Friday.

This employee was wearing a mask while at work and was observing all of the CDC protocols.

The doctor and his surgical team test results are negative for COVID-19.

This afternoon the practice said, “We are thankful to announce that we have received all of our staff's final test results and they all are negative for COVID-19. The office has been professionally cleaned and sanitized. We will continue to be diligent with the CDC guidelines for cleaning and safety. All of our protocols will meet or exceed CDC standards.”

Northampton County

The health department reported Sunday there are 188 total positive cases of which 150 have recovered. There are 15 COVID-19 related deaths.