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There have been 17 new positive cases of COVID-19 added to the Halifax County Health Department’s data today.

These new positives bring the total cumulative number of positives since March to 1,638.

There have been 32 related deaths with the following breakdown: 18 within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; four within the Scotland Neck area ZIP code; three within the Enfield area ZIP code; three within the Weldon area ZIP code; two within the Littleton area ZIP code; one within the Halifax area ZIP code; and one within the Hollister area ZIP code. 

According to a demographics chart on the state’s dashboard, 25 percent of the deaths in Halifax County have occurred within the 50 to 64 age bracket; 19 percent within the 65 to 74 age bracket; and 56 percent within the 75 and older age bracket.

More than half of the people who have died in Halifax County had underlying health conditions, health department Director Bruce Robistow said Thursday.

The health department also reported Thursday there have been 1,423 recoveries and 183 current cases. New data on recoveries and current cases is expected to be reported next week.

Today’s graphical information shows a sustained increase in the trend and a slight increase since Thursday’s report.

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 Thursday there were 686 total positive cases of which 600 have recovered. There were 62 active cases reported. There have been 24 related deaths.