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As of midnight Monday, the Halifax County Public Health System said this evening it is now aware of 743 confirmed novel coronavirus tests performed on residents.

The breakdown is as follows:

128 positive cases since testing first began; one related death; and 87 recoveries.

There are 15 tests pending and 600 known negative results.

Health system Director Bruce Robistow said this evening he could not immediately confirm whether there has been a positive case coming from Sheetz over the weekend.

Several messages to rrspin have indicated there has been and one caller said they witnessed a cleanup crew in hazmat suits going in and out of the store.

A police car, as of Monday night and early this morning, has been stationed at the store. 

A highly placed law enforcement source who has proved reliable in the past confirmed this evening the store did have a positive case.

No one from the store has been available for comment.

In his update this evening, Robistow said the trend of cases continues to show upward movement. “This is quite concerning. Although there is an increase in tests performed, that number is not high enough to account for the upward trend,” he said. “It is important to note that the national trend in regard to lifting restrictions does result in an increase in positive cases. In our case I am concerned that some people that are taking advantage of the Phase 1 process, are not following the three Ws — waiting in line 6 feet apart, washing hands and wearing masks when out in public — which causes greater concern should we move to Phase 2.”

He said strong attention needs to be paid to mitigating this virus and the health system continues to indicate “that we cannot forget the importance of following the executive orders and recommendations.”

Northampton County 

Currently, there are 134 total cases of which 88 have recovered, the health department reported today. There are 11 related deaths.