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After no report on Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Halifax County Health Department today reported three additional deaths related to COVID-19.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard shows two of the related deaths were from within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code which brings the total in that area to 35. It also shows there was one reported from within the Littleton area ZIP code which brings the total there to three.

The three related deaths bring the total in Halifax County to 65, the health department reported.

The breakdown of related deaths is as follows: 35 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; three within the Littleton area ZIP code; two within the Halifax area ZIP code; two within the Hollister area ZIP code; and one within the Hobgood area ZIP code.

Meanwhile, the health department, since its last report on Friday, added 134 new positive cases of COVID-19 to its data. That brings the total number of cumulative positives since March to 3,808.

There continues to be a sustained increase in the number of positive cases in Halifax County.

The department continues to encourage residents to practice the Three W’s — wearing a facial covering; washing hands frequently; and waiting 6-feet apart.

Health Director Bruce Robistow was not immediately available for comment this afternoon.


COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered at Halifax Community College Building 700 Wednesday, January 20; Thursday, January 21; and Friday, January 22; from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. depending on the availability of the vaccine.

The health department will continue to vaccinate groups 1 and 2 only. Group 2 was formerly called group 1B-1.

Group 1 includes:

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

Healthcare workers administering the vaccine 

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

Group 2 includes:

Anyone 65 years and older, regardless of health status or living situation 

The state will determine when the health department begins vaccinating group 3 frontline essential workers.

The CDC defines frontline essential workers as workers who are in sectors essential to the functioning of society and who are at substantially higher risk for exposure to COVID-19

Northampton County

The health department reported Friday there were 1,349 positive cases of which 1,151 have recovered. There were 138 active cases. There have been 60 related deaths.