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The 43rd death related to the novel coronavirus comes as the Halifax County Health Department today reported 39 new positive cases.

The related death is from the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard and is the 23rd to be reported from the area.

The breakdown of related deaths in Halifax County is as follows: 23 within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; six within the Scotland Neck area ZIP code; five within the Enfield area ZIP code; three within the Weldon area ZIP code; two within the Halifax area ZIP code; two within the Littleton area ZIP code; one within the Hobgood area ZIP code; and one within the Hollister area ZIP code. 

The 39 new positive cases bring the cumulative total since March to 2,401.

There have been 2,018 recoveries and there are 338 active cases. The status of two patients is not currently known.

The total number of positives by ZIP code beginning March 25 through today is as follows:

Enfield (27823) — 322 cases

Halifax (27839) — 95 cases 

Hobgood (27843) — 67 cases 

Hollister (27844) — 145 cases

Littleton (27850) — 157 cases 

Roanoke Rapids (27870) — 1,265 cases 

Scotland Neck (27874) — 218 cases

Weldon (27890) — 98 cases

Daily Lab Confirmed Cases

The trend of positive cases since March 25 through today continues to show a sustained increase.

Cases by Date of Earliest Illness Identification and Race/Ethnicity 

This can show whether the number of cases are growing more among a specific race or ethnic group. Although the number peaked the week of December 5, the numbers for the past week have increased and surpassed that week.

Percent Positive of COVID-19 Cases 

This shows the percent of positive tests as a proportion of total ELR tests. “We know that as testing increases, the number of cases can climb,” the health department said. “This gives us an idea of the number of cases with respect to the amount of testing being done. These are only calculated using results from labs that report to the state.”

The percent positive has increased over the past week, with a two week average of 11.9 percent.

Cases by Date of Earliest Illness Identification and Age  

Ages 25-49 and 50-64 represent the largest age groups who have tested positive this past week.

Cases by Date of Earliest Illness Identification and Congregate Living Setting Association

This shows whether the number of new cases associated with a congregate living facility is growing. “We look at the total number of cases to see whether the proportion associated with congregate living is increasing or decreasing.”

Although the number of COVID-19 cases in congregate living peaked the week of July 4, the numbers for the past week decreased.