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The Halifax County Health Department today reported the 22nd death related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard, the latest death occurred within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code.

There have now been 16 related deaths within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; three within the Weldon area ZIP code; one within the Hollister area ZIP code; one within the Enfield area ZIP code; and one within the Scotland Neck area ZIP code.

The state’s congregate living report had not been updated as of this report but the last report showed no change in where the deaths have occurred within those facilities.

The eight deaths reported in congregate living facilities in Halifax County have been from Signature HealthCARE in Roanoke Rapids and are recorded as part of the 16 related deaths which have occurred within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code.

According to last week’s congregate living report, the outbreak at Signature is now considered a previous outbreak.

As of today, the health department is reporting seven new positive cases, bringing the total since testing began in March to 1,099.

Today’s graphic information reports an increase in the trend of positive cases.

Last Wednesday’s report noted there have been 930 recoveries and 94 current cases. New information on that data is expected to be released tomorrow.

The health department continues to encourage residents 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.

Northampton County

The health department reported today there are 506 total positive cases of which 437 have recovered. There are 52 active cases.

There have been 17 related deaths.