Skip to content

Flags honor those lost in service, and to COVID-19; Taps Across America; Columbus records five new cases, Horry a 22nd death


     Flags flying at half-staff, a Memorial Day tradition, have also flown in memory of those taken by COVID-19, as additional people are confirmed as infected by the coronavirus.

     Taps, a Memorial Day tradition, is part of a nationwide challenge that took place on this holiday in the midst of the pandemic.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Flags fly for those who have fallen in military service, and from pandemic
  • Taps Across America
  • Five new COVID cases in Columbus
  • Horry records COVID death, infection total unchanged

Flags fly for those who have fallen in military service, and from pandemic

     Flags flying at half-staff across the nation this Memorial Day Holiday weekend, including these at Atlantic Packaging in Tabor City, served dual purposes.

     Atlantic is the parent company of Tabor-Loris Tribune and

     Traditionally lowered on Memorial Day, in honor of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in military service to the United States, they also flew during the weekend in memory of those who have been taken by COVID-19 during the current pandemic, that order coming from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

     On this Memorial Day North Carolina has recorded 754 deaths due to the coronavirus, 21 of those from Columbus County.

Taps Across America

     On a Memorial Day weekend in an America undeniably altered by the coronavirus pandemic, there were reminders of what’s important, one that came to many on television Sunday morning.

     Steve Hartman has a way of finding stories, and telling them, that stirs emotion.

     This week, on CBS Sunday Morning, he stirred me to action, and I’m betting thousands of people like me from sea to shining sea, playing Taps at about 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, a tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending this nation.

     I write of the request from Hartman and retired U.S. Air Force Bugler Jari Villanueva in this week’s My Corner column, in our print edition and at Read that Wednesday.

     I can’t share my middling version of those powerful 24 notes in the printed newspaper, but I can share the audio recording I made, answering the call to play “Taps Across America.”

Listen here:


     I warn you, as I finished, I could hear howling in the distance from a neighborhood dog.

Five new COVID cases in Columbus

     Zip Code data from North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services showed Columbus County with and additional five people infected with COVID-19 Monday.

     Two new cases in the Clarendon Zip Code brought that total to eight, while three areas recorded one person newly confirmed coronavirus positive, Fair Bluff’s total now 17, Lake Waccamaw at 27, Hallsboro with six.

     Tabor City and Whiteville Zip Codes each showed 78 individuals testing COVID-19 positive, their totals unchanged on Monday.

     DHHS dashboard data shows Columbus County with 296 confirmed COVID deaths, though the state data has sometimes lagged behind that released by the Columbus County Health Department.

     A total of 21 Columbus County residents have died from coronavirus complications since the pandemic began.

     There was no news release from the Columbus County Health Department Monday, daily reports suspended for the holiday weekend, and expected to resume Tuesday.

     Statewide there are 23,964 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 100 North Carolina counties Monday, up by 742 from Sunday, the DHHS reported. There were 754 North Carolina deaths attributed to COVID-19 Monday, ten more than Sunday; with 627 current hospitalizations, that number up by 40 from the day before.

Horry records COVID death, infection total unchanged

     A new COVID-19 related death was reported for Horry County, its 22nd, by South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control Monday, with conflicting information on one possible new case.

     DHEC showed the county total of infected cases at 377 on Monday, the same as Sunday, though it reported one new case for Horry in an afternoon news release. That could indicate that one new case in the county, and a previously identified case that DHEC staff determined during routine follow-up that should have been assigned to another location.

     Statewide there have been 10,178 positive tests returned for COVID-19 in South Carolina, up by 90 from Sunday; with 440 related deaths, that number up by five from Sunday.


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