Halifax County Health Department Director Bruce Robistow told commissioners today that the percent positive of COVID-19 cases is at 7.9 percent.
He told the board the county is averaging six new positive cases per day, which is a decrease since the previous week.
While there has been a sustained decrease in the overall trend of positive cases over the past month, a slight increase is being observed.
The 7.9 percent positive rate is a 17.1 percent decrease from eight weeks ago and represents a 15.5 percent decrease from seven weeks ago. It is an increase from the 6.2 percent the county was at two weeks ago.
Robistow also reported the county’s recovery rate is at 96.5 percent while the percentage of patients still in quarantine remains at 1.5 percent.
Ages 25 through 49 represent the largest group who have tested positive.
In its report this afternoon the health department reported there have been 105 deaths related to the virus.
The racial breakdown of those who have died from complications of the virus is 44.7 percent white; 38.8 percent black; 2.9 percent American Indian; 9.7 percent other; and 3.9 percent unknown.
Ages 25 through 49 represent the smallest percentage of people who have died at 1.9 percent; 50 through 64 at 15.5 percent; 65 through 74 at 19.4 percent; and 75 and older at 63.1 percent.
Robistow told commissioners the county remains in the yellow category under the state’s tier system. Yellow represents significant community spread of COVID-19.
In today’s regular report the county added 50 new positive cases, which brings the cumulative total since March of 2020 to 5,268.
“Testing has declined,” Robistow told commissioners. “Many being tested are symptomatic.”
The health director said the county’s goal is to have the percent positive rate drop back down to below 5 percent.
Robistow also reported there have been 14,306 first doses administered and 8,487 second doses administered — 28.6 percent and 17 percent respectively.
Beginning Wednesday, all adults are eligible for vaccination, the health department reported.
Rural Health Group at Halifax Medical Specialists located at 270 Smith Church Road will offer Moderna first dose vaccines to all groups every Monday and Tuesday during this month.
Follow this link if 18 and older to register.
DrugCo will offer first and second dose appointments by online registration only for all groups.
All vaccine clinics will be held at Kirkwood Adams Community Center, 1100 Hamilton Street in Roanoke Rapids.
To schedule a first dose appointment with DrugCo for the Pfizer vaccination on Thursday for anyone ages 16 years and older, visit this link
To schedule a second dose appointment with DrugCo through Wednesday visit this link if 18 or older
To schedule an appointment with DrugCo for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for Friday for ages 18 and older visit this link
The health department reported today there have been 1,756 total positive cases of which 1,681 have recovered. There are seven current cases. There have been 68 related deaths.