Two new COVID deaths in Horry, another in Columbus as case counts climb

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Two new deaths in Horry County, another in Columbus resulting from coronavirus COVID-19 infections were confirmed Saturday.

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  • Two new COVID-19 deaths in Horry, eight new cases
  • Third COVID death, three new cases for Columbus

Two new COVID-19 deaths in Horry, eight new cases

     Another two COVID-19 deaths in Horry County brings that total to ten, with another eight cases confirmed by South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control Saturday.

     Both of the people who died were elderly with underlying health conditions, DHEC reported.

     One of the 11 new COVID-19 cases came from the Loris Zip Code, that total now at 9, DHEC reported. One confirmed case in the Green Sea Zip Code has been reported previously, that number unchanged Saturday.

     Statewide there are 4,246 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Carolina, on Friday, up by 165 from Friday, with three new deaths bringing that total to 119.

Third COVID-19 death, three new cases for Columbus

     Columbus County’s third COVID-19 death was from a previously confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 cases in the county, with three new cases announced by the Columbus County Health Department Saturday.

     “The individual passed away on April 18 and was receiving care in a nearby hospital,’ a health department news release said. “To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about this individual will be released. We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to all of the individuals’ family and friends in this very difficult time.”

     All three of the newly confirmed cases are related to previously known cases, the health department reported.

     Columbus County’s total confirmed COVID-19 case count stands at 58, with eight recoveries and three deaths, the health departed reported.

     “The Columbus County Health Department will continue to follow CDC guidelines to protect public health and limit the spread of infection,” the news release said. “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 are begging the public to take the necessary measures to stop the transmission of COVID-19. The ONLY way to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 is social distancing; there is no vaccination.

     Statewide there are 6,140 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 93 North Carolina counties, with 164 deaths and 388 people hospitalized, the NC Department of Health and Human Services reported Saturday morning.

     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.

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