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Halifax County’s recovery rate from the novel coronavirus now stands at 92.5 percent, the health department reported this afternoon.

Last week the health department reported a 93.9 percent recovery rate.

The update today continues to show an increase after about two weeks of a decrease in the trend.

The 92.5 percent recovery rate represents 906 patients out of 980 people who have tested positive since testing began in March.

There are currently 56 — 5.7 percent — active cases.

There have been 18 related deaths — 1.8 percent.

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

Data in the weekly congregate living reports from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services show eight of the deaths within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code were residents at Signature HealthCARE.

There were 13 Signature staff members who tested positive and 31 residents who tested positive.

The weekly state report, which comes out on Tuesdays, shows one positive case amongst staff at Accordius Health at Scotland Manor and two positive cases amongst residents.

Bryan Health and Rehabilitation has seen two staff members test positive and one resident test positive.

The state’s child care and school settings weekly report shows no positive cases for Halifax County.

The county health department added three new positive cases in today’s report.

In the daily lab confirmed positive cases since March 25, the trend line shows an increase.

The chart for positive cases by race and ethnicity shows an increase and the percent of positive cases as a proportion of total electronic lab reporting tests shows a slight increase.

“We know that as testing increases, the number of cases can climb. This gives us an idea of the number of cases with respect to the amount of testing being done,” the health department said.  “These are only calculated using results from labs that report to the state.”

The 25- to 49-year-old age group continues to represent the largest part of the county’s population who have tested positive this week.

Northampton County

The health department reported today there are 458 total positive cases of which 403 have recovered. There are 38 active cases.

There have been 17 related deaths.