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The Halifax County Health Department today reported the 54th death related to COVID-19.

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

On Thursday NCDHHS reported the 53rd related death in Halifax County was also from the Enfield area ZIP code.

The breakdown of related deaths is as follows: 26 within the Roanoke Rapids area ZIP code; nine within the Scotland Neck area ZIP code; seven 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. 

The health department today also added 63 new positive cases which brings the total cumulative positives since March to 3,269.

The positives added today are 10 less than the 73 added on Thursday, which health Director Bruce Robistow said was a record in new positives.

He said Thursday the higher numbers are a result of the recent holidays, traveling and gatherings and “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 when considering in-person education.”


As the health department reported Thursday, Kirkwood Adams Community Center in Roanoke Rapids has been canceled as a vaccine site.

Vaccinations will be offered at Halifax Community College Building 700 Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

The health department will continue to vaccinate group 1A and 1B-1 Tuesday at HCC from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

1A group 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

1B-1 group includes:

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

The health department will begin vaccinating group 1B-2 January 13 through January 14 at HCC from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

If vaccine amounts are available the health department will consider moving to group 1B-3. More information will be provided.

1B-2 group 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.

Vidant Health

Vidant Health reported Thursday it continues to receive weekly shipments of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine as allocated by NCDHHS.

As of Thursday, more than 5,300 team members and providers have been vaccinated including some that have received their second dose beginning this week.

As of Wednesday, Vidant’s system-wide census of hospitalized COVID-19 patients was 218. Positivity rates remain high and are currently at about 20 percent.