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The Halifax County Health Department today reported the 18th death related to COVID-19.

The death, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services ZIP code database, was within the Scotland Neck area ZIP code and is the first to be reported from that area.

There have been 14 deaths reported within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; two within the Weldon area ZIP code; one within the Enfield area ZIP code; and the one reported today from the Scotland Neck area ZIP code.

The health department added eight new positive cases since its report on Thursday. The total number of positive cases reported since testing began in March stands at 950.

Recoveries and current positive cases will be reported next week. In Thursday’s report the health department reported a 93.9 percent recovery rate.

While today’s graph does show an increase in positives since Thursday, the overall trend continues to decrease, the health department said.

The health department encourages residents to continue to practice the three Ws — waiting six feet apart, handwashing and wearing a facial covering. “Improving your compliance with the three Ws now will both better educate children as to how to practice them. Please take this opportunity to protect our children and each other very seriously,” the health department said.  

NC DHHS exceptions to the face covering requirements

Face coverings do not need to be worn by an individual, worker, customer or patron in public places and business settings who:

Has a medical or behavioral condition or disability and cannot wear a face covering — including, but not limited to, any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious or incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to put on or remove the face covering without assistance;

Is under five years of age — please note: as part of the StrongSchoolNC Public Health Toolkit school guidance public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade are also required to wear face coverings on buses, transportation vehicles, inside school buildings, and on school grounds;

Is actively eating or drinking;

Is strenuously exercising or swimming;

Is seeking to communicate with someone with hearing loss in a way that requires the mouth to be visible;

Is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience;

Is working at home or alone in a vehicle;

Is temporarily removing his or her Face Covering to secure government or medical services or for identification purposes;

Would be at risk from wearing a face covering at work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines;

Has found that his or her face covering is impeding visibility to operate equipment or a vehicle; Is a child whose parent, guardian, or responsible person has been unable to place the face covering safely on the child’s face.

Children under two years of age should not wear a face covering.

Northampton County

The health department reported Thursday there were 442 total positive cases of which 372 have recovered. There were 53 current cases. There have been 17 related deaths.