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The Halifax County Health Department this afternoon added six positive cases of the novel coronavirus to its cumulative totals since testing began.

Today’s numbers reflect testing as of midnight Thursday and show the health department is aware of 2,610 tests performed on residents.

The breakdown is as follows:

480 positive cases; five related deaths; and 298 recoveries.

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

There are 36 tests pending and 2,094 known negative results.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has not yet added the fifth death in Halifax County to its ZIP code database. The first four deaths have been within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code.

Health Director Bruce Robistow said in his afternoon update, “Today we are adding six to our total, five for yesterday, and our trend line continues in an upward direction.”

Said Robistow: “Please enjoy your weekend while continuing to practice the three Ws. Doing so can make a huge difference in your health and the health of others.”

The health director continues to encourage residents to protect each other by wearing a mask, waiting six feet apart and washing and disinfecting hands frequently. “Improving your compliance with the three Ws now will both better educate children as to how to practice them and also provide a safer community for when school starts. Please take this opportunity to protect our children and each other very seriously.”

In the graphic charting the percentage of positive results to the volume of tests, Robistow said the percent of positives is at 18.2 percent — a full percent higher than last week. 

The number remains higher than the state average of 10 percent. “This graph is another strong indicator that we need to continue practicing the three Ws and following the executive orders.”