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The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Halifax County has declined along with the percentage of positive cases, the health department reported today.

Since March of 2020 there have been 13,352 total positive cases with 442 new positive cases reported today.

The health department did add seven deaths related to the virus to its data today, bringing the total to 162. 

Information on recoveries and current cases was not available today. 

The report also notes that Halifax County, which several weeks ago had the second highest number of cases in the state, is now ranked at 63.

“It’s good to see our number of positive cases on a decline,” health Director Bruce Robistow said. “Our percent positives have also declined but remain at a dangerously high level. Sadly, our number of deaths for the past week is substantial compared to previous weeks.”

With three sub-variants of omicron now identified, Robistow said, “This virus is predicted to continue to mutate and the only way to slow its progression is by us protecting each other by reaching herd immunity.”

Mass testing

The mass COVID-19 testing event at the Roanoke Rapids Theatre is ongoing and will run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until February 18.

As of Wednesday, 1,006 samples have been collected. The health department reported 27.63 percent of the people tested were positive while 72.37 percent were negative.

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

Enfield (27823) –1,806 cases

Halifax (27839) – 687 cases

Hobgood (27843) – 256 cases

Hollister (27844) – 814 cases

Littleton (27850) – 1,150 cases

Roanoke Rapids (27870) – 7,302 cases

Scotland Neck (27874) – 987 cases

Weldon (27890) – 600 cases

Number of New COVID-19 Total Cases per 100,000 Persons by County of Residence

Halifax County has dropped significantly in the number of cases per 100,000 persons by county of residence.  Halifax County has the 63rd highest rate of COVID infections throughout the 100 Counties in North Carolina.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Community Transmission Map

Halifax County is highlighted in red showing a high level of community transmission.  

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 an average of 30.2 percent as of today compared to 39.4 percent last week.

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 decreased.

Halifax County Vaccination Status

28,373 people at least partially vaccinated — 57 percent of the population

26,226 people fully vaccinated — 52 percent of the population 

11,511 people vaccinated with one booster

Northampton County

The health department reported Wednesday there have been 4,075 total positive cases of which 3,816 have recovered. There were 183 active cases. There have been 76 related deaths.