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Data from the Halifax County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services now show 17 deaths related to COVID-19.

The NCDHHS ZIP code area database shows the first death from the Enfield area ZIP code and adds three additional deaths from the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code to bring the total to 14. There have been two deaths reported from within the Weldon area ZIP code.

Health Director Bruce Robistow said of the number of deaths in the county this evening, “This number is a continued reminder that we need to protect each other. Although many demographics may have minor symptoms they can still spread the virus to those that are less healthy and could be more gravely impacted.”

The health department reported in its update this afternoon the following numbers:

916 total positive COVID-19 cases since testing began in March

Six new positive cases since Tuesday’s report

839 — 91.59 percent — patient recoveries

60 — 6.55 percent — patients who have not recovered

17 — 1.86 percent — deaths

Robistow said the department is hopeful it will be able to provide the statistics on recoveries and current cases in its weekly Wednesday updates.

The graph on daily lab confirmed cases shows a decrease in the trend.

The chart which shows the number of new cases by race and ethnicity shows an increase.

The chart which shows the percent of positive tests as a proportion of total electronically reported lab results have remained the same and the 25-49-year-old age group continues to represent the largest group which has tested positive this week.

Meanwhile, Robistow said he was pleased with a decision by the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District Board of Education Tuesday to continue with virtual learning through the first semester. “Although I understand COVID-19 might not affect children as badly as others, putting children into schools before we have a vaccine could continue to risk the increase of spread of COVID-19 to those that are elderly and may have underlying health issues until we have a vaccine. Our primary focus needs to remain on mitigation and preventing the spread of the virus.”

Northampton County

The health department reported this evening there are 397 total positive cases of which 359 have recovered. There have been 17 related deaths. There are 21 active cases.