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As the state hit a second consecutive single-day record for COVID-19 cases today, according to a report in the Raleigh News and Observer, the Halifax County Health Department reported the third related death this week bringing the total to 25.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard, the latest death in the county was within the Halifax area ZIP code and is the first to be reported within that area.

The breakdown of the 25 deaths is as follows: 16 within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; three within the Weldon area ZIP code; two within the Scotland Neck area ZIP code; one within the Halifax area ZIP code; one within the Hollister area ZIP code; one within the Enfield area ZIP code; and one within the Littleton area ZIP code.

Of the nine ZIP codes which represent Halifax County only two — Hobgood and Tillery — have had no deaths reported by the health department.

“This is an obvious reflection of non-compliance with the Three Ws and lack of enforcement in regard to the governor’s executive orders,” Halifax County Health Director Bruce Robistow said this afternoon. “I regret that we have had three deaths this week and I will once again ask everyone to please reconsider and practice the Three Ws as recommended and encourage your friends and family to do the same.”

The Three Ws are handwashing, wearing a facial covering and waiting 6-feet apart.

The health department today added 10 new positive cases which bring the total since testing began in March to 1,217.

Graphical information today shows an increase in the trend.

The News and Observer reported today the new lab-confirmed cases break the record of the 2,532 cases reported Thursday. Today’s total, the newspaper reported, was 2,684.

Blood drive

The health department also reported today the Blood Connection will be at the Halifax County Central Permitting and Inspections office at 15 West Pittsylvania Street in Halifax on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each donor will receive a $20 VISA gift card for their donation.

TBC is also offering COVID-19 antibody testing to all successful donors.

Go to the Blood Connection website or click on this link to make an appointment

 Northampton County

The health department reported Thursday there were 533 total positive cases of which 486 have recovered. There are 28 active cases and there have been 19 related deaths.