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The number of deaths related to COVID-19 now stands at 34 as the Halifax County Health Department added one to its database today.

The death, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard, occurred within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code. It is the 19th death to be reported from within that ZIP code.

It comes as the state’s COVID-19 alert system lists Halifax County in the orange range, meaning there are a substantial number of cases. The alert system shows the county’s 14-day case rate per 100,000 is 437.9. It has a 14-day percent positive rate of 9.8 percent.

The latest alert, which came out Tuesday, is included as a downloadable PDF through this link.

Graphical information contained in the photo gallery shows 26 percent of the Halifax County deaths are in the 50-64 age bracket; 18 percent within the 65-74 age bracket; and 56 percent within the 75 and older age bracket.

The breakdown of deaths is as follows: 19 within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; four within the Enfield area ZIP code; four within the Scotland Neck area ZIP code; three within the Weldon area ZIP code; two within the Littleton area ZIP code; one within the Halifax area ZIP code; and one within the Hollister area ZIP code. 

Today, the health department added 10 new positive cases, bringing the total cumulative cases since March to 1,779.

The health department reported Wednesday there have been 1,514 recoveries and 222 current cases.

While the number of positives today is lower than in Wednesday’s report, there remains a sustained increase in the trend, the health department reported.

The sustained increase poses a concern, health department Director Bruce Robistow said this afternoon. “If we continue on our present trajectory I wouldn’t be surprised if we moved into the red category. There’s nothing left to do except for following the Three Ws — waiting 6-feet apart, handwashing, and wearing a mask. Wearing a mask is critical. If we don’t take this serious at some point we’re going to rise in the number of positive cases and COVID-related deaths.”

With Thanksgiving now a week away, Robistow said, “For the holidays keep groups small, keep gatherings outdoors as much as possible, continue to wear masks all the time when in public or group settings, avoid the mixing of households and consider getting a test.”

Northampton County

The health department reported Wednesday there were 738 total positive cases of which 635 had recovered. There were 77 active cases. There have been 26 related deaths.