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The Halifax County Health Department today added 17 new positive cases of COVID-19 to its database.

There have now been 1,390 total cumulative positive cases since testing began in March.

“We have been averaging over 15 for the last week and we’ve added a death each week for the last couple of weeks,” health department Director Bruce Robistow said this afternoon. “Hospitalizations have increased over the last two weeks.”

There are currently 10 people hospitalized and nine days ago there were two, he said. “The only pathway forward to any semblance of normal is going to be following the Three Ws and obtaining a vaccine when it becomes available.”

There have been 27 deaths related to COVID-19 in Halifax County with the following breakdown: 17 within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; three within the Weldon area ZIP code; two within the Enfield 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; and one within the Littleton area ZIP code.

Today’s graphical information shows a decrease in the trend.

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 Monday there were 578 total positive cases of which 514 have recovered. There were 45 active cases and there have been 19 deaths.