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Five new positive cases of COVID-19 in Halifax County were added by the health department today.

Despite a significant drop in the number of new positive cases, the county continues to remain in the red or critical category under the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Alert System. The latest report was issued Thursday and can be viewed as a PDF by clicking this link. Northampton County is listed in the yellow category or significant category.

Halifax County Health Director Bruce Robistow said earlier this week it is possible the county could drop out of the red category by next week.

The five new positives bring the total cumulative positives since last March to 5,021. There have been 97 related deaths.

Northampton County

The health department reported Thursday there were 1,674 total positive cases of which 1,576 have recovered. There were 32 active cases. There have been 66 related deaths.

NCDHHS updates

The department reported the following today:

The latest metrics from the COVID-19 County Alert System, shows six red counties — a decrease from 27 red counties on the previous February 22 County Alert System and the fewest red counties in the state since the start of the system.

New COVID-19 cases in North Carolina's long-term care facilities have declined rapidly in the last several weeks and most facilities currently meet the criteria to resume indoor visitation while continuing infection prevention recommendations. 

With the authorization of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine, the state now has three tested, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines that keep people out of the hospital and prevent COVID-19-related death. “Vaccine supplies are still far below what we need to vaccinate everyone, but with three vaccines North Carolina can get more people vaccinated sooner.”

On March 24, North Carolina plans to open up vaccinations to Group 4, beginning with people who have a medical condition that puts them at higher risk and individuals who are homeless or live in a correctional facility.

Group 4 includes people with higher-risk medical conditions, including intellectual and developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, and neurologic conditions, such as dementia.

Previously eligible groups – health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, people 65 and older, and child care and school staff – will continue to be prioritized.