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The Halifax County Health Department’s final novel coronavirus report for this year ends with 64 new positive cases.

That brings the cumulative total of positive cases since March to 2,899, the health department reported.

The trend of positive cases continues to show a sustained increase, something which was predicted three months ago, health Director Bruce Robistow said this afternoon.

The reason, he said, centers on the holidays and winter weather leading people to not only congregate but congregate inside. 

Of today’s numbers Robistow said, “We’re ending 2020 with our highest number of positives in a 24-hour period. Let’s all try making our new year’s resolution a team effort to comply with the Three W’s — handwashing, waiting 6-feet apart, and wearing a facial covering.”

Robistow said, “We have been vaccinating this week and we will be vaccinating aggressively next week and in the months to come. Let’s all strive for a better 2021.”

There have been 49 related deaths with the following breakdown: 26 within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; seven within the Scotland Neck area ZIP code; five within the Enfield area ZIP code; four within the Weldon area ZIP code; two within the Halifax area ZIP code; two within the Hollister area ZIP code; two within the Littleton area ZIP code; and one within the Hobgood area ZIP code.