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Four new positive cases of the novel coronavirus were reported by the Halifax County Health Department today bringing the total to 920 since testing began in March.

No update was sent Thursday.

There remain 17 related deaths in Halifax County — 14 within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; two within the Weldon area ZIP code; and one within the Enfield area ZIP code.

Today’s report does show a decrease in the trend.

Information on recoveries and current cases is expected to be included in the weekly Wednesday report.

Health Director Bruce Robistow said this afternoon, “Although there’s a decrease noted in our trend line we have seen an increase in COVID-related deaths in our county.”

Robistow said he has received numerous complaints regarding local businesses, restaurants, and stores in which the staff are not wearing masks and not complying with the governor’s directives. “I would like to remind everyone that the only way we can mitigate the spread of this disease and prevent death among our citizens is to mitigate this virus until we can get better control with a vaccine. With a strong expectation of spikes of COVID during the fall and winter this is not the time to be complacent in regard to three Ws.”

He added, “As the health director, I do not have jurisdiction or authority to hold restaurants, stores and shops accountable for not complying with the governor’s executive orders. That responsibility falls to the law enforcement in that jurisdiction.”

Northampton County

The health department reported today there are 412 total positive cases of which 363 have recovered. There have been 17 related deaths.

There are currently 32 active cases.