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Halifax County is now averaging around 60 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus a day, health department Director Bruce Robistow said today.

“The trend continues to rise at a very high and alarming rate,” he said. “Ensure you wear a mask and encourage others to do the same.”

Today the department added 172 new positive cases since its last report on Friday. This brings the total cumulative number of positives since March to 3,441.

Three additional deaths related to the virus were also reported, bringing the total to 57.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard, two additional deaths were reported from within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code which brings the total there to 28. One was added from within Weldon area ZIP code which brings the total there to six.

The breakdown of related deaths is as follows: 28 within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; nine within the Scotland Neck area ZIP code; seven within the Enfield area ZIP code; six 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. 

There continues to be a sustained increase in the trend of positive cases since March 25.


COVID-19 Vaccinations will be offered at Halifax Community College Building 700

All vaccine patrons must enter the campus via the Country Club Road entrance.   Please follow the signs posted to direct you to the 700 Building. 

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. depending on availability of the vaccine.

Robistow said there is a limited supply for this week after approximately 900 were administered last week.

The health department will continue to vaccinate group 1A and 1B-1 Tuesday.

The 1A group includes:

Healthcare workers caring for and working directly with patients with COVID-19, including staff responsible for cleaning and maintenance in those areas

Health care workers administering the vaccine 

Long-term care staff and residents – people in skilled nursing facilities and in adult, family and group homes.

The 1B-1 group includes:

Anyone 75 years and older, regardless of health status or living situation 

Limited vaccines may prevent the health department from starting group 1B-2 this week.  

The health department had planned to begin vaccinating group 1B-2 Wednesday and Thursday at Halifax Community College Building 700 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

More information will be provided when available.  

The 1B-2 group includes healthcare workers and frontline essential workers 50 years and older.

The CDC defines frontline essential workers as first responders — firefighters and police officers — corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector — teachers and support staff members — as well as child care workers.

Northampton County

The health department reported Friday there were 1,223 total positive cases of which 1,059 have recovered. There were 105 active cases.

There have been 59 related deaths.