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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting a seventh death related to the novel coronavirus in Halifax County.

The state’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the death is within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code. There have been six deaths within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code and one within the Weldon area ZIP code.

Because the county is currently doing updates once a week due to an increase in testing, the data is not included in the report the county submitted today. There is also a difference of 25 more positive cases on the state’s report today than the one the county submitted.

Health Director Bruce Robistow did confirm the seventh death this afternoon.”These are weekly results which are reported to us each Wednesday,” he said. “We review these results and add the graphs and share with the public on Thursday.”

However, he said the data is continually added to the state system even after the health department receives the report. Since we’ve received this report there is one additional death reported bringing our total of deaths to seven.”

The state county by county data shows 746 positive cases since testing began while the county’s weekly snapshot shows 721.

As he told commissioners Monday, the 25-49 age group accounts for 42.8 percent of positive tests followed by 24 percent in the 50-64 group. The African-American population makes up 42 percent of the positive tests and the white population makes up 20 percent.

Robistow continues to encourage residents 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. Please take this opportunity to protect our children and each other very seriously.”