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The percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 is now at 2.7 percent and Halifax County has moved to the green category, which shows a medium level of transmission of the virus, the health department reported Thursday evening.

The health department did add four deaths related to the virus in the report which brings the total number to 181.

The health department added 15 new positive cases which brings the total since March of 2020 to 13,896.

“It is great to see the numbers continue to decline consistently,” Health Director Bruce Robistow said. “Halifax County has met the two primary goals including community spread and percent positive, making masks optional as long as the goals are met. The community spread has been reduced to low spread and the percent positive remains below 5 percent.  If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions.”

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

Enfield (27823) –1,857 cases

Halifax (27839) – 708 cases

Hobgood (27843) – 268 cases

Hollister (27844) – 846 cases

Littleton (27850) – 1,232 cases

Roanoke Rapids (27870) – 7,604 cases

Scotland Neck (27874) – 1,029 cases

Weldon (27890) – 616 cases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Community Transmission Map

Halifax County is highlighted in green showing a medium 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 2.7 percent as of Thursday compared to 4.1 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 

28,720 people at least partially vaccinated — 57 percent of the population

26,752 people fully vaccinated — 53 percent of the population 

12,759 people vaccinated with one booster

Vaccines, test kits and masks

COVID-19 vaccines are available at the Halifax County Health Department and multiple sites within Halifax County. 

The Halifax County Health Department is providing two at-home COVID-19 test kits per person per week.

Those wanting to get the at-home tests should go to the health department at 19 North Dobbs Street in Halifax. 

Recipients must sign the COVID-19 test kit distribution log with name, address, and telephone number. 

Instructions for use are included with the test kits. You do not need to report your results to the health department, but you may call if you have questions concerning your results. Test kits will be distributed at the health department at the front desk from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those who need to be tested are anyone that is symptomatic, known contacts of a positive case, or work in a high-risk setting, such as a skilled nursing facility.  

Other residents may need to be tested due to workplace requirements. 

Residents may also choose to be tested out of concern for their own health and the health of family members, such as caregivers.

The health department is also providing two N95 masks per person per day. 

Northampton County

The health department reported Wednesday there have been 4,309 total positive cases of which 4,223 have recovered. There were nine active cases. There have been 77 related deaths.