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Four positive cases of the novel coronavirus were added today by the Halifax County Health Department.

The positive cases reflect a cumulative total since testing began and while the trend line remains upward, “It does appear to be coming down and trying to flatten,” health Director Bruce Robistow said in his afternoon update.

As of midnight Monday the health department said it is aware of 2,836 confirmed tests performed on residents with the following breakdown:

497 positive cases; five related deaths and 305 recoveries.

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

There are 62 tests pending and 2,277 known negative results.

With an indication of a downward trend, Robistow said, “Please start, or continue to practice the three Ws. Doing so can make a huge difference in your health and the health of others. Let’s all work together to protect each other, wear a mask, wait six feet apart, and wash and disinfect hands frequently.”

Said Robistow: “Improving your compliance with the three W’s now, will both better educate children as to how to practice them and also provide a safer community for when school starts.”

Board of health meeting cancelled

The Halifax County Board of Health meeting scheduled for Monday, July 27 at 6 p.m. has been canceled. The next meeting will be held remotely on August 24 at 6 p.m.  

Northampton County

The health department reported today there are 272 total positive cases of which 207 have recovered. There have been 16 related deaths.