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In its last report for this week, the Halifax County Health Department today reports 34 new cases of the novel coronavirus.

This brings the total cumulative number since March to 2,628.

Data on recoveries and current cases was delayed today and is expected to be reported next week, department Director Bruce Robistow said this afternoon.

There continues to be a sustained increase in the trend of positive cases, the health department reported.

There have been 44 related deaths with the following breakdown: 24 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. 

“This holiday season we have seen consistently high levels of positive cases, COVID-related deaths, and hospitalizations,” Robistow said. “Thanksgiving did prove to show a dramatic increase in cases as predicted. In an effort to ensure that Christmas can be enjoyed safely and provide great memories to all, please make every effort to follow all recommendations of the Three W’s — handwashing, waiting 6-feet apart, and wearing a facial covering — focusing on being committed to each other. Good health is the greatest gift you can give this holiday season.”

Northampton County

The health department reported Tuesday there were 1,024 total positive cases of which 889 have recovered. There were 82 active cases. There have been 53 related deaths.