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Fifteen new positive COVID-19 cases today have brought the Halifax County cumulative total since March 25 to 1,040, the health department reported today.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported on its COVID-19 dashboard it experienced technical issues today which prevented some lab data from being recorded in its reporting system. “As a result, cases and test data are lower for today than they would have been had all data been processed,” NCDHHS said. “Data reported on September 30 will be higher as it will incorporate cases that were intended to be submitted on September 29. NCDHHS is working to resolve the issue.”

Meanwhile, the county health department said in its afternoon update the graphical information in its reports continues to show an increase in the trend of positive cases.

There have been 19 related deaths — 15 within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; two within the Weldon area ZIP code; one within the Enfield area ZIP code; and one within the Scotland Neck area ZIP code.

The state Department of Health and Human Services last congregate living report which came out last Tuesday showed eight of the deaths within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code have been at Signature HealthCare. 

The state had not updated its congregate living report as of this report.

Data on recoveries and current cases are expected to be reported Wednesday. The report sent out last week showed a recovery rate of 92.5 percent — 906 — and 56 current patients. 

The health department continues to encourage residents to practice the three Ws — waiting six feet apart, handwashing and wearing a facial covering. “Improving your compliance with the three Ws now will both better educate children as to how to practice them. Please take this opportunity to protect our children and each other very seriously,” the health department said. 

Northampton County

The health department reported today are currently 477 total positive cases of which 431 have recovered. There are 29 active cases. There have been 17 deaths.