By DEUCE NIVEN
A misreading of numbers on a state document resulted in a significant error in reporting on the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Loris Rehab and Nursing Center this week.
Five residents of the facility have died of COVID-10 complications, both a correct reading of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services document, and Wilson Senior Care Marketing & Communications Director Dianne Dennis said.
Dennis graciously attributed the error to formatting on the DHEC document.
“For some reason the column header does not print on each page of their report,” Dennis said in an e-mail.
That does not excuse the error, for which we apologize.
Correct data reported by Wilson Senior Care to DHEC, and reflected in the twice-weekly DHEC report, show a steady rise in infections among both residents and staff at Loris Rehab, with a slow increase in deaths of residents that totaled three on May 26, four on May 29, and five on June 2.
Residents infected by the coronavirus rose from 38 on May 26, to 41 on May 29 and 47 on June 2. Reported staff infections for those dates were seven, 15 and 17.
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