Horry records new COVID death, case rate slows in the area

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Moderate COVID-19 increase in Columbus and Horry counties were reported Sunday, the relatively good news tempered by an additional death in Horry.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Two new COVID cases in Columbus, 2nd day in a row
  • Horry records 17th death, three more coronavirus cases

 Two new COVID cases in Columbus, 2nd day in a row

     Two days running two new people diagnosed with COVID-19 infection have been reported by the Columbus County Health Department, a welcome respite from days of double digit increases, 40 in one day last week.

     With the new confirmations Columbus County has recorded 167 people infected with the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

     “One of the new cases is connected to a previously identified positive case in Columbus County and the source of infection could not be found for the other,” a health department news release said. “One of the new cases is requiring hospitalization. There have been ten COVID-19 related deaths in Columbus County.”

     New information on COVID-19 recoveries in Columbus County will be released next week.

     “With the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continuing to rise in Columbus County, we are BEGGING the public to take the necessary measures to stop the transmission of COVID-19,” the news release said. “The Columbus County Health Department would like to remind everyone of the recommended measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which are:

  • Social distancing (e.g. avoiding crowds, self-quarantining, no mass gatherings, only going out in public when necessary)
  • Wearing a mask or face covering when in public places
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, throw it away, and then wash your hands
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose

     Statewide there are 11,664 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 99 North Carolina counties Saturday, up by 155 from Friday, the NC Department of Health and Human Services reported. There were 422 North Carolina deaths attributed to COVID-19 Sunday, two more than Saturday; with 475 current hospitalizations, that number down by 27 from the day before.

     A first COVID case was recorded in Yancey County in western North Carolina on Sunday, leaving nearby Avery County as the only one in the state without a confirmed coronavirus case.

     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.

Horry records 17th death, three more coronavirus cases

     Another death from COVID-19 complications in Horry County was reported by South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control Sunday, with three more people in the county also confirmed as infected.

     With the latest report Horry County has recorded 17 COVID deaths 226 people testing positive for the disease since the pandemic began.

     Zip Code data released by DHEC has shown 18 cases in the Loris area, just one in the Green Sea Zip Code, those numbers unchanged Sunday.

     Statewide there have been 6,626 positive tests returned for COVID-19 in South Carolina, up by 141 from Saturday; with 275 related deaths, that number up by 8 from Saturday.

Updates

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