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While the number of positive COVID-19 cases has seen a decrease, the Halifax County Health Department added three related deaths to its data today.

There have now been 91 deaths related to the virus reported in Halifax County.

The 14 new positive cases bring the cumulative total since March to 4,807.

The county Wednesday reported a 90.28 percent recovery rate.

Data Health Director Bruce Robistow presented to the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District Board of Education Tuesday night showed 55 percent of the county deaths are in the 75 and older category; 23 percent are between the ages of 65 to 74; and 22 percent are between the ages of 50 to 64.

He also told the board Tuesday that 60 percent are female and 40 percent male.

Robistow said today, “Although the positive cases are trending downward, the deaths are up.”

The trend of positive cases is going downward as the county has been performing less tests and more vaccines  are being administered.

The decline is also due to getting through the holidays. Now the county is waiting to see what affect Superbowl gatherings will have on the numbers.

The percent of positive cases, he said, “Are still very high. They’re still higher than in September or October.”

Robistow has said in past interviews he would like to see the percent positive rate at 5 percent.

Northampton County

The health department reported Wednesday there were 1,601 total positive cases of which 1,510 have recovered. There were 25 active cases. There have been 66 related deaths.

Vidant Health

The health system reported Wednesday more than 8,700 team members and providers have received the vaccine. More than 6,200 team members have received both doses, completing their vaccine series.

Since January 8, more than 18,000 eligible community members have received the vaccine.

Vidant’s system-wide census of hospitalized COVID-19 patients is 142. “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.”