Seventh death, seven new COVID-19 cases in Horry

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

      A seventh death and seven new COVID-19 cases for Horry County were reported by South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control Wednesday afternoon.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Seventh death, seven new COVID-19 cases in Horry
  • Columbus reports three new COVID-19 cases
  • Call ahead to county offices, senior centers

Seventh death, seven new COVID-19 cases in Horry

     Horry County’s seventh COVID-19 death involved an elderly individual, though the DHEC announcement did not say if the person had an underlying health condition.

     Seven additional positive test results brings the county’s total to 98.

     Reported cases in Loris remained at three, in Green Sea one, the latest breakdown of COVID-19 cases by Zip Code provided by DHEC showed.

Columbus reports three new COVID-19 cases

     Columbus County’s confirmed total of COVID-19 cases reached 17 with the latest three, with 16 patients in isolation and a single death.

     Another 54 unconfirmed cases are in isolation, a Columbus County government news release said.

     Regarding the new cases, “All three individuals are recovering at home,” a health department news release said. “The source of infection is unknown for all three cases.

     “The Columbus County Health Department will continue to follow CDC guidelines to protect public health and limit the spread of infection. Based on information provided by the individuals, county public health officials will assess risks of exposure, and determine which, if any, additional measures are needed such as temperature and symptom checks, quarantine and/or testing.

     “We urge the public to take the necessary measures to stop the community transmission of COVID-19.”

     Regularly updated information from the Columbus County Health Department is available on its Facebook page here.

     Columbus County Health Department’s COVID-19 Call Center is also operating from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Call 910-640-6615 ext. 7045 or 7046.

     Additional information from reputable websites includes the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services here, and Columbus County here.

Call ahead to county offices, senior centers

     With Columbus County offices continuing to operate on modified scheduled, most closed to the public, those who need to attend to county business are encouraged to call ahead before visiting, a county news release said Wednesday.

     Those who must visit should “contact the office prior to arrival to be familiar with precautions that are in place to protect the public and county employees.

     Phone numbers for each county department can be found here.

     Senior Centers are closed, with delivery and curbside pickup of meals continuing.

     Those who need information about Ensure purchases should call ahead from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. For the Tabor City Senior Center at 910-653-3063, for Whiteville call 910-640-6602.

     A curfew remains in effect in Columbus County from 10 p.m. through 5 a.m. daily.

     “Fewer people on the roads mean fewer accidents for first responders to respond to and fewer people admitted to hospitals which are working diligently to prepare for admission of higher numbers of COVID-19 related illnesses,” the county news release said.

Updates

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