Another jump in Horry COVID cases, a small rise in Columbus

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Horry County’s COVID count continued its rapid climb Sunday, just a bit off pace of Saturday’s record with 95 residents newly confirmed with the coronavirus, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control reported.

     A total of 1,133 Horry residents have been confirmed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

     Zip Code data from North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services indicated a net gain of five newly confirmed COVID cases Sunday.

     There were no new deaths from the disease reported in either Columbus or Horry county.

     Zip Code data showed eight newly confirmed cases in the Loris area, that number now  161, while a single new case in the Green Sea Zip Code brought that total to 12.

     Columbus County Health Department recently stopped providing daily updates, moving to a twice weekly release each Monday and Thursday. Data from the county and the state on any specific day may not match because of differences in the timing of entering that data.

     DHHS data indicated four newly confirmed COVID cases Sunday, the total now 419; although Zip Code data indicated a net increase of five cases.

     Whiteville Zip Code recorded four new cases, the total now 119, the DHHS data showed; with Hallsboro and Bolton each showing one new case, those totals now 18 and 10 respectively. That data also showed Chadbourn with one less case than Saturday, the total now 71. That typically happens with investigation determines that a person’s residency has been incorrectly assigned.

Carolinas

     Both Carolinas continued to show steep increases in COVID test results, worrisome hospitalization numbers, and new deaths from the disease, new data Sunday showed.

     North Carolina’s confirmed case total rose by 1,443 Sunday to 44,119 since the pandemic began, with 5 new deaths bringing that total to 1,108 and 798 people requiring hospital care for COVID symptoms, that number down by 25 from Friday.

     South Carolina’s case count Sunday was 18,795, up by 799 from Saturday, with one deaths bringing that total to 600 and 521 people in the hospital because of the coronavirus, an decrease of 2 from Friday.

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