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As Halifax County today released an amended state of emergency declaration requiring the wearing of masks in public places, the health department reported the 29th death related to COVID-19.

In the amended declaration, the document says citizens must wear face coverings when in public places, indoors or outdoors, when social distancing of 6-feet from others who are not members of the same household or residence is not possible.

The amended declaration came from a recommendation Monday by Halifax County Health Department Director Bruce Robistow to county commissioners.

(The amended declaration can downloaded as a PDF by clicking this link)

“I am proud and appreciative for the leadership of Halifax County agreeing to adopt and enforce the governor’s order,” Robistow said this afternoon. “The Three Ws remain our only tool for mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Until we have a viable vaccine and compliance with the public receiving the vaccine, mitigation is our only defense to this pandemic.”

Today the health department reported the 29th death related to the virus.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard, the death was reported from within the Enfield area ZIP code and brings the total from that area to three.

The breakdown of deaths is as follows: 17 within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; three within the Enfield area ZIP code; three within the Weldon area ZIP code; two within the Littleton area ZIP code; two within the Scotland Neck area ZIP code; one within the Halifax area ZIP code; and one within the Hollister area ZIP code. 

Robistow said the amended emergency declaration by the county relates to the statistics the department issued today. “Again this week we’ve added two more deaths to our count. Our number of positive cases as well as the number of COVID-19 deaths continues to trend at a higher level than noted since we started monitoring. This is an extreme example as to why we need everyone to be compliant with theThree Ws in the governor’s executive orders.”

Today the health department added 15 new positive cases of COVID-19 to its data, which brings the cumulative total since testing began in March to 1,522.

There have been 1,274 recoveries and there are 209 current cases.

Daily Lab Confirmed Cases

This data shows a sustained increase in the trend of positive cases since March 25 and a decrease since Tuesday’s report.

Cases by Date of Earliest Illness Identification and Race/Ethnicity

Although there was a peak the week of July 25, the numbers for the past week increased.

Percent Positive of COVID 19 Cases

These numbers are only calculated using results from labs that report to the state. 

The percent positive shows a decrease over the past week, with a two-week average of 10.3 percent.

Cases by Date of Earliest Illness Identification and Age  

Ages 25-49  and 50-64 represent the largest age groups who have tested positive this past week.

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

These numbers have decreased over the past week with a peak the week of July 4.

Northampton County

The health department reported Tuesday there were 627 total positive cases of which 548 have recovered. There were 56 active cases. There have been 23 deaths.