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Columbus sees 14th COVID death, three new infections, six more cases in Horry


     Coronavirus cases continued to climb in the Tabor-Loris Community, with a 14th death in Columbus County reported Sunday.

This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • A 14th COVID death in Columbus, three new infections
  • Six more Horry residents infected with coronavirus

A 14th COVID death in Columbus, three new infections

     COVID-19 has claimed another Columbus County resident, the 14th since the coronavirus pandemic began, the Columbus County Health Department reported Sunday.

     An additional COVID death in the Tabor City Zip Code, its third, was also disclosed in data released by the NC Department of Health and Human Services Sunday.

     Another three residents have been confirmed as testing positive for the disease, bringing the county’s case count to 206, the health department reported.

     Previously identified as a positive COVID case in the county, the person who died was hospitalized, the health department reported.

     “To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about these individuals will be released,” a health department news release said. “We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to all of the individuals’ family and friends in this very difficult time.”

     Of the three newly confirmed cases, one “is connected to a congregate living facility in Columbus County, one case is work-related, and one case is still under investigation,” the health department reported.

     One additional infection each was shown in the Tabor City, Fair Bluff, Whiteville, and Evergreen Zip Codes Sunday, the DHHS dashboard showed.

     That Zip Code data shows Tabor City and Whiteville with an equal number of confirmed cases, 58; Chadbourn with 33; and Lake Waccamaw with 23. Tabor City, Whiteville and Lake Waccamaw are home to congregate care facilities with major COVID outbreaks reported, Chadbourn does not have a congregate care facility, or a group home, with an outbreak.

     County Health Director Kim Smith on Sunday she could not explain the apparent larger number of COVID infections in the Chadbourn Zip Code not associated with a congregate care facility.

     “I just don’t have an answer for you,” Smith said. “I don’t know.”

     “With the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continuing to rise in Columbus County, we are asking the public to take the necessary measures to stop the transmission of COVID-19,” the health department 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

     NC TOTALS: Statewide there are 14,764 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 99 North Carolina counties Sunday, up by 404 from Saturday, the DHHS reported. There were 547 North Carolina deaths attributed to COVID-19 Sunday, three more than Saturday; with 442 current hospitalizations, that number down by 71 from the day before.

     CC Health Updates: Regularly updated information from the Columbus County Health Department is available on its Facebook page at

     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.

Six more Horry residents infected with coronavirus

     Six more people in Horry County have been confirmed with COVID-19, one in the Loris Zip Code, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Sunday.

     With the latest report Horry County has recorded 262 people testing positive for the disease since the pandemic began and 18 deaths.

     Zip Code data shows 28 of those cases in the Loris Zip Code, one in the Green Sea area.

     Statewide there have been 7,653 positive tests returned for COVID-19 in South Carolina, up by 113 from Saturday; with 331 related deaths, that number up by one from Saturday.


     Look for continuing coverage on local impacts from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak here and in the Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.