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As the Halifax County Health Department continues its reporting on COVID-19, its director, Bruce Robistow, said health officials in the area are now seeing the Delta variant getting worse.

“It is the primary variant of new infections and it’s attacking young people at a much higher rate.”

Those are people who are in their 20s to 40s, Robistow said, the age group which represents the largest of those who tested positive over the past week.

“A lot more of that age group are ending up in ICU and on ventilators and at the same time the demand for a vaccine remains minimal at best,” Robistow said.

The efficacy of vaccines against the variants remain effective, although the percentage rate has declined some and is running at about 64 percent, the health director said. However, he said, the prevention of severe reactions remains in the 90th percentile.

Today, after no weekly report last Thursday, the health department reports 5,691 positive cases since March of last year. An additional death related to the virus was added, bringing the total to 115.

Today the health department reported 12 new cases since June 24.

There have been 5,558 recoveries — 97.66 percent — and 18 active cases.

Total number of positives by ZIP code beginning March 25, 2020 through today 

Enfield (27823) – 819 cases

Halifax (27839) – 265 cases 

Hobgood (27843) – 124 cases 

Hollister (27844) – 287 cases

Littleton (27850) – 483 cases 

Roanoke Rapids (27870) – 3,020 cases 

Scotland Neck (27874) – 454 cases

Weldon (27890) – 257 cases

Cases by Date of Earliest Illness Identification and Race/Ethnicity 

The numbers for the past week decreased.

Percent Positive of COVID-19 Cases 

The percent positives has decreased over the past week, with a two-week average of 3.4 percent

Cases by Date of Earliest Illness Identification and Age  

Ages 25-49 represent the largest age groups who have tested positive this past week.

Cases by Date of Earliest Illness Identification and Congregate Living Setting Association

The numbers for the past week remained the same.

Halifax County Vaccination Status 

20,657 people at least partially vaccinated — 41 percent of the population 

19,255 people fully vaccinated — 39 percent of the population