By DEUCE NIVEN
New COVID-19 cases were reported in Columbus and Horry counties on Saturday, no new deaths.
This post will cover these topics and may be updated:
- Six more COVID-19 infections in Columbus
- Seven more infected in Horry, one in Loris area
Six more COVID-19 infections in Columbus
Another six Columbus County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, the county health department reported Saturday, bringing the case total to 336 since the pandemic began.
“Two of the new cases are connected to positive family members, one case is connected with a congregate living facility in Columbus County, and three cases are still under investigation, a health department news release said.”
COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 26 Columbus residents, the most recent Thursday.
By Zip Code: Nakina recorded its second COVID-19 related death, while Whiteville had four residents newly confirmed with the coronavirus, Zip Code data released by DHHS said.
Tabor City and Clarendon each recorded one newly confirmed cases, those totals rising to 84 and 9 respectively, while Chadbourn’s total fell by one to 59. A fall in case numbers typically means a patient initially identified as living in one location is determined to actually reside in another.
Prevention: “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.
Recommended measures 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 27,673 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 100 North Carolina counties Saturday, up by 1,185 from Friday, the DHHS reported.
There were 877 North Carolina deaths attributed to COVID-19 Saturday, 18 more than Friday; with 638 current hospitalizations, that number down by 42 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.
Seven more infected in Horry, one in Loris area
Horry County’s total number of residents confirmed infected with COVID-19 rose to 417 Saturday with seven newly confirmed cases, one in the Loris area, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control reported.
Zip Code data reported by DHEC showed the Loris area with 86 confirmed COVID cases, one more than Friday, Green Sea with five, unchanged from recent days.
Statewide there have been 11,394 positive tests returned for COVID-19 in South Carolina, up by 266 from Friday; with 487 related deaths, that number up by four from Friday.
Look for continuing coverage on local impacts from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak here and in the Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.