A poll on unmet COVID needs as Horry records its 19th death and five new cases, two more in Columbus

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     COVID-19 has brought uncounted needs related to business closings, stay at home orders and more, and Horry County Government wants to know about related needs that have not been met.

     Meanwhile Horry County recorded a 19th death and five new cases of the coronavirus Sunday, Columbus County just two new individuals with the disease continuing a welcome trend of few newly reported infections.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • An unmet needs survey for Horry
  • A COVID death in Horry, five new cases
  • Columbus records two new coronavirus cases

An unmet needs survey for Horry

     Horry County government has launched survey tools for residents and business owners as part of the “Welcome Back” effort to return to something like normal during the COVID-19 pandemic.

     That effort was launched following the May 14 Welcome Back Committee meeting.

     “Horry County is requesting input on the greatest community needs related to COVID-19 to direct investment initiatives of federal and state resources awarded to the County including U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) supplemental funding to assist in the response and recovery of the effects of COVID-19,” a news release from county government said. “We are requesting that community members take the survey(s) below and help share these tools throughout our community.”

     Those surveys can be found at:

  • Residential survey: https://conta.cc/2Lug2QK
  • Business survey: https://conta.cc/3fRfyCe

     Surveys are due no later than Tuesday, May 26, and are expected to be presented during the May 28 Welcome Back Committee meeting.

A COVID death in Horry, five more infected

     Another resident of Horry County has died of COVID-19 complications, five more people have tested positive for the coronavirus including one apparently from the Loris area, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Sunday.

     An elderly person was identified as the latest COVID victim, a DHEC news release said.

     With the latest report Horry County has recorded 298 people testing positive for the disease since the pandemic began and 19 deaths.

     Zip Code data shows 35 cases from the Loris area, one more than Saturday; and three from Green Sea, unchanged from the day before.

     Statewide there have been 8,816 positive tests returned for COVID-19 in South Carolina, up by 163 from Saturday; with 385 related deaths, that number up by five from Saturday.

Columbus records two new coronavirus cases

     Two residents of Columbus County have tested positive for COVID-19, the county’s health department reported Sunday, bringing the Columbus total to 241.

     “Both of the new cases are still under investigation,” a health department news release said. “One of the new cases has been hospitalized.”

     There have been 18 COVID-19 related deaths in the county, the most recent reported Friday.

     By Zip Code: Changes in Columbus County’s numbers posted to the DHHS dashboard Sunday appeared to reflect data for more than the two new cases reported by the couny.

     Four more residents testing positivre for COVID-19 were reported in the Fair Bluff Zip Code, that number rising to nine. Two more cases were reported in the Chadbourn Zip Code, bringinug that total to 42, while one new case confirmation in the Lake Waccamaw area brought that total to 24.

     Precautions: As case counts continue to rise in Columbus County, the health department has almost daily issued pleas to the pubic “to take the necessary measures to stop the transmission of COVID-19.”

     Those steps recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, include:

  • 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 18,512 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 99 North Carolina counties Sunday, up by 530 from Saturday, the DHHS reported. There were 659 North Carolina deaths attributed to COVID-19 Sunday, seven more than Saturday; with 493 current hospitalizations, that number up by 12 from the day before.

     CC Health Updates: 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.

Updates

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