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The Halifax County Health Department today added five deaths related to COVID-19 and 286 new cases since its report last week.

The deaths related to the virus now stand at 121 while the total number of positive cases since March of last year are at 6,629.

There have been 6,006 patients who have recovered — 91.89 percent — and 412 active cases — 5.15 percent — the health department reported.

“We have a virus that mutated because we did not take advantage of the vaccine and didn’t get to a herd immunity months ago,” Health Director Bruce Robistow said this afternoon. “This allowed the virus to mutate to a stronger, more infectious variant. The spike that we’re experiencing at  such a rapid level is the end result of a virus not kept in check by reaching herd immunity.”

Robistow said not getting vaccinated at a high level immediately will allow the virus to continue to mutate. “The only solution is for everyone to get vaccinated. It is time to put differences aside and get the job done.”

The health director said even with the surging numbers he is not expecting a shutdown of businesses like happened last year. “When everything was shut down last year there was no recourse. Now we have an alternative to shutting everything down —  a cure, a solution, and no one wants to take it.”

He said the health department is currently recommending booster shots of the COVID vaccine for anyone who is immunocompromised.

Total number of positives by ZIP code beginning March 25, 2020 through today

Enfield (27823) – 919 cases

Halifax (27839) – 314 cases 

Hobgood (27843) – 139 cases 

Hollister (27844) – 348 cases

Littleton (27850) – 555 cases 

Roanoke Rapids (27870) – 3,601 cases 

Scotland Neck (27874) – 503 cases

Weldon (27890) – 282 cases

Cases by Date of Earliest Illness Identification and Race/Ethnicity 

The numbers for the past week increased.

Percent Positive of COVID 19 Cases

The percent positives has increased over the past week with an average of 13.6 percent.

Cases by Date of Earliest Illness Identification and Age  

Ages 25-49 represent the largest age groups who have tested positive this past week.

Cases by Date of Earliest Illness Identification and Congregate Living Setting Association

The numbers for the past week increased.

Halifax County Vaccination Status 

24,001 people at least partially vaccinated — 48 percent of the population

21,674 people fully vaccinated — 43 percent of the population

Northampton County

The health department reported Tuesday there have been 2,114 total positive cases of which 1,987 have recovered. There were 57 active cases. There have been 70 related deaths.