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New positive cases of COVID-19 this week increased from last week and the Halifax County Health Department today added one new death related to the virus.

The health department reported 173 new positive cases which brings the total since March of last year to 7,715. There have been 133 deaths related to COVID-19 in the county.

There have been 7,274 patients who have recovered and there are 254 current cases.

“There's a substantial spike — by 72 — in positive cases compared to last week,” health department Director Bruce Robistow said this afternoon. “Our percent positive, however, did decline by half a percentage point. Regretfully, we have added one more death in Halifax County related to COVID-19.”

Notable in today’s report, the health director said, is that while the number of new positive cases increased substantially, the percent positives went down. “This is due to the fact there is an increased volume of actual tests being performed. One reason is that several employers are requiring weekly testing for unvaccinated employees. Although across the state and the nation there is a steady decline in cases and hospitalizations our number of positive cases remain a concern.”

Robistow said: “Considering the statewide and nationwide downward trend, this is a great opportunity to get vaccinated and ensure a fun and safe holiday season.”

Total number of positives by zip code beginning March 25, 2020 – today:

 Enfield (27823) –1,080 cases

Halifax (27839) – 388 cases 

Hobgood (27843) – 168 cases 

Hollister (27844) – 419 cases

Littleton (27850) – 641 cases 

Roanoke Rapids (27870) – 4,195 cases 

Scotland Neck (27874) – 579 cases

Weldon (27890) – 321 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 decreased over the past week with an average of 8.1 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 

26,028 people at least partially vaccinated — 52 percent of the population

24,126 people fully vaccinated — 48 percent of the population 

Northampton County

On Tuesday the Northampton County Health Department reported there were 2,507 total positive cases of which 2,391 have recovered. There were 44 active cases. There have been 72 related deaths.