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The current cases of COVID-19 in Halifax County as of Wednesday were at 104 while the number of recoveries were at 980, Health Director Bruce Robistow said today.

Information on that data came in late from the state Wednesday, the day the health department typically provides those numbers.

In today’s report the health department added 11 new positive cases since its report on Wednesday, bringing the total positive cases since testing began in March to 1,121.

There have been 22 related deaths — 16 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.

Today’s report notes an increase in the trend since March 25.

Rabies clinic and drive-through flu vaccines

In other health department news, it announced today its fall rabies clinic and its drive-through flu vaccination program. 

Rabies clinic

The rabies vaccination clinic will be held from October 19 through October 30 at Lake Country Animal Hospital at 915 Highway 158 outside Roanoke Rapids.

The vaccinations are by appointment only. Call 252-308-1882 for an appointment.

A fee of $5 per animal vaccinated is required to cover the cost of the vaccine and supplies.  Make sure pets are adequately restrained when bringing them to the clinic.  

Pet owners must provide proof of current rabies vaccination to receive a three-year vaccination. It is against the law to have a pet not properly vaccinated against rabies. 

The department will also be offering low cost spay/neuter clinics at various times throughout the year. Call 252-583-6651 for additional details.

Drive-through flu vaccine

The drive-through flu vaccine is scheduled October 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roanoke Rapids fire station 2 which is located off Highway 125 near Touchstone Bank.

The drive-through vaccine clinic is for adults 18 and up and those who wish to participate may stay in their vehicles and show their Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, or other insurance provider cards. 

Those without insurance have to pay a $36 fee. Those who plan to attend should wear clothing with loose sleeves for access to the arm near the shoulder.