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The Halifax County Health Department today reported one additional death related to the novel coronavirus which brings the total to 53.

This related death was reported from within the Enfield area ZIP code, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard. It is the sixth related death reported from that area.

The breakdown of related deaths is as follows: 26 within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; nine within the Scotland Neck area ZIP code; six within the Enfield area ZIP code; five within the Weldon area ZIP code; two within the Halifax area ZIP code; two within the Hollister area ZIP code; two within the Littleton area ZIP code; and one within the Hobgood area ZIP code. 

Meanwhile, health Director Bruce Robistow said today’s report reflects a record day in the number of positive cases added — 73.

Those 73 cases bring the total cumulative number of positives since March to 3,206.

“Once again we have another record day for positive cases in Halifax County,” Robistow said. “These are all results of the recent holidays, traveling and gatherings and it is anticipated the numbers will continue to rise.”

He said not only did the county set a record, the state did as well. “This information should be a strong indicator of the need to follow the Three W’s — wearing a facial covering, handwashing and waiting 6-feet apart apart — and should be vital information for school boards in our community whenconsidering in-person education.”


Robistow said 250 vaccinations were administered Wednesday.

The health department also reported that a planned vaccination site at Kirkwood Adams in Roanoke Rapids has been canceled.

Vaccinations will be offered at Halifax County Community College in building 700 January 12 through 14 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Vaccinations for groups 1A and 1B-1 continue until 3:30 this afternoon at the college and January 12.

Group 1A includes:

Healthcare workers caring for and working directly with patients with COVID-19, including staff responsible for cleaning and maintenance in those areas

Healthcare workers administering the vaccine 

Long-term care staff and residents – people in skilled nursing facilities and in adult, family and group homes.

Group 1B-1 includes:

Anyone 75 years and older, regardless of health status or living situation 

Vaccinations for group 1B-2 will be held at the college on January 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Group 1B-2 includes:

Healthcare workers and frontline essential workers 50 years and older

The CDC defines frontline essential workers as first responders — firefighters and police officers — corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector — teachers and support staff members — as well as child care workers.

Northampton County

On Wednesday the health department reported there have been 1,185 total positive cases of which 1,020 have recovered. There were 108 current cases. There have been 57 related deaths.