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The death toll in Halifax County related to the novel coronavirus is at 70 as the health department reported two additional today.

The health department also reported 49 new positive cases, which brings the total cumulative number of positives since March to 3,971.

There continues to be a sustained increase in the number of positive cases in the county, the health department reported. It continues to encourage residents to practice the Three W’s — waiting 6-feet apart, handwashing and wearing a facial covering.

Testing and vaccinations

The COVID-19 drive-through testing scheduled Saturday at Ivory Hill Baptist Church located at 4505 Medoc Mountain Road in Enfield has been cancelled.

Beginning next week one of the providers on the Halifax County COVID-19 vaccination team will be reaching out to eligible candidates and set an individual appointment for them. “This will ensure that you receive your second dose timely without having to leave hours early, and you will not be in a long line. Multiple providers will be involved to ensure that we can meet everyone's needs.”

Northampton County

On Thursday the health department reported there were 1,425 total positive cases of which 1,251 have recovered. There were 112 active cases. There have been 62 related deaths.

Vidant Health

Vidant Health continues to receive weekly shipments of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine as allocated by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

As of Wednesday more than 6,700 team members and providers have received the vaccine. More than 3,300 team members have received both doses, completing their vaccine series.

Since January 8, Vidant has administered the first dose of the vaccine to more than 1,500 eligible community members.

As of Wednesday Vidant’s system-wide census of hospitalized COVID-19 patients was 203. 

“It remains important for our community to help flatten the curve by continuing to practice important safety habits: Wear a mask, wash hands often and avoid gatherings.”