Halifax County has moved from being a critical red county under the state’s COVID-19 alert system to yellow, health department Director Bruce Robistow told county commissioners this morning.
The news the health director delivered to commissioners comes as the percent positive rate in the county has gone down below the county’s target rate of 5 percent to 4.1 percent.
Five weeks ago the number was at 17.1 percent and four weeks ago 15.5 percent, signifying what he described in his report as a “sustained decrease in the overall trend of positive cases over the past month.”
The county’s recovery rate as of last week was at 92.3 percent while the active cases were 5.3 percent.
Robistow said of the designation from red to yellow, “That’s a reflection of all the hard work this county has been doing in regard to folks wearing their masks, staying home when they could, following the governor’s orders and getting vaccinated.
“This is some reflection of the vaccines going on. More and more people are now fully vaccinated and some are well on their way.”
Robistow said, however, it remains important even after being fully vaccinated “that for the next couple of months we’re going to need to continue strict adherence to the governor’s guidelines and the Three Ws — wearing your mask, waiting six feet, and washing your hands. There is still a very strong possibility that you can still spread COVID after you’ve been vaccinated. You won’t get sick because you’re protected but you can still carry it on your body, it can be in your mucous membranes. This is great news. This is not the time to let our guard down. This is not a reflection of an early herd immunity — this is a reflection of all the hard work and a reward for what people have been doing to protect themselves and each other.”
Thus far there have been 9,046 first doses administered in the county and 3,758 second doses.
In its regular report for today, the health department added 21 new positive cases and three additional related deaths which brings the total to 100.
With the new positives added today there have been a cumulative total since last March of 5,042.
The health department today announced a new round of vaccinations will be held.
They are as follows:
Rural Health Group will offer first dose appointments by online registration only for Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 on Thursday beginning at 8:30 a.m. at WestRock at 100 Gaston Road in Roanoke Rapids. To sign up visit this link
Rural Health Group will offer first dose appointments by online registration only for Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 on Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Enfield Middle School, located at 13723 Highway 481 in Enfield. To sign up visit this link
DrugCo Pharmacy will offer first and second dose appointments by online registration only for Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3. To schedule a first dose appointment visit this link
To schedule a second dose appointment visit this link
The health department reported Friday there were 1,686 total positive cases of which 1,580 have recovered. There were 40 active cases. There have been 66 related deaths.