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An additional death related to COVID-19 was reported by the Halifax County Health Department today and brings the total to 122.

The department also reported 211 new positive cases since its report last week. The total number of positive cases since March of last year stands at 6,840.

There have been 6,181 patients who have recovered — 90.98 percent — and there are 492 active cases.

“Although we are reporting 80 fewer new cases than last week, we remain in a substantial spike,” health Director Bruce Robistow said this afternoon. “We added one new death in the last week, our percent positives remain over 13 percent and I remain concerned that recent holiday activities may propel this spike into record numbers.”

Robistow said the county vaccination rates have improved slightly but he said, “With new variants on the horizon, time is of the essence to reach herd immunity to get COVID-19 and all its variants under control.”

Before the spike in cases and the Delta variant of the virus, the target for herd immunity was at 70 percent of the population.

Now, according to the health director, “Because we’ve allowed this virus to mutate to such a powerful variant, herd immunity will require 80 percent or higher. The longer we delay getting to herd immunity is similar to taking out a loan and delaying making payments. The principal will continue to rise.”

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

Enfield (27823) – 946 cases

Halifax (27839) – 323 cases 

Hobgood (27843) – 144 cases 

Hollister (27844) – 380 cases

Littleton (27850) – 571 cases 

Roanoke Rapids (27870) – 3,712 cases 

Scotland Neck (27874) – 514 cases

Weldon (27890) – 293 cases

Cases by Date of Earliest Illness Identification and Race/Ethnicity 

The numbers for the past week increased.

Percent Positive of COVID-19 Cases

The percent positives has remained the same over the past week with an average of 13.3 percent as of today.

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 increased.

Halifax County Vaccination Status 

24,312 people at least partially vaccinated — 49 percent of the population

22,081 people fully vaccinated — 44 percent of the population 

Northampton County

The health department reported Tuesday there were 2,195 total positive cases of which 2,034 have recovered. There were 91 active cases and there have been 70 related deaths.