Four COVID deaths, 33 more infections in Columbus; 62 new cases in Horry; testing rescheduled in Loris

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     More deaths and infections from COVID-19 are listed in the Columbus County Health Department’s twice-weekly coronavirus report, issued Monday; with 62 additional Horry County residents have tested positive for the disease.

     Free testing for the disease in Loris, planned Friday, has been rescheduled for Thursday of this week.

     This post will cover these topics and will be updated:

  • COVID claims four more Columbus lives, 33 new infections
  • Coronavirus testing in Loris delayed to this week

COVID claims four more Columbus lives, 33 new infections

     COVID-19 has claimed four more Columbus County lives since Thursday, with 33 residents newly confirmed with the disease in the same time frame, the Columbus County Health Department reported Monday.

     That agency has stopped daily reporting of coronavirus information, and is releasing data on Monday and Thursday of each week.

     All four of those who have recently died of coronavirus complications did so while hospitalized, the health department reported. COVID-19 has claimed 33 Columbus County lives since the pandemic began. Patient privacy concerns preclude the agency from releasing additional information, a news release said.

     With 33 residents newly confirmed with the disease, the county has recorded 430 COVID infections. Seven of those cases were confirmed on June 11, fifteen on June 12, one on June 13, two on June 14, and eight today (Monday).

     Zip Code data: County level data released daily by North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) often lags behind that released by the county, but does offer some additional insight.

     That county data for Monday showed a total of 427 cases and two additional deaths recorded since Sunday for a total of 31 citizens lost to the disease.

     Zip Code data from the DHHS showed the Tabor City area reaching 100 confirmed cases with one additional person infected, Clarendon also up by one case to twelve.

     Two additional deaths were recorded in the Whiteville Zip Code, that total 7, with 3 newly infected persons bringing that total to 122.

     Chadbourn recorded one additional case, Bolton three, those totals now 72 and 13. Hallsboro’s case total fell by one to 17, possibly indicating a case there was determined to be a resident elsewhere.

     Statewide: North Carolina has recorded 45,102 confirmed COVID cases since the pandemic began, Monday’s DHHS data showed, that total up by 983 from Sunday; with 1,118 deaths, nine more than Sunday; and 797 COVID patients in the hospital, a decline of one from the previous day.

     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.

Another 62 cases in Horry

     Another 62 Horry County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, a half-dozen of them in the Loris area, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported Monday.

     That brings to 1,194 the number of Horry residents confirmed with the coronavirus since the pandemic began. COVID-19 has claimed 31 Horry lives, DHEC reports show.

     Zip Code data Monday showed the Loris area with 167 confirmed COVID infections, up by six from Sunday, with twelve in the Green Sea area unchanged from the day before.

     Statewide there have been 19,378 positive tests returned for COVID-19 in South Carolina, up by 582 from Sunday; with 602 related deaths, two more than the day before.

     A total of 536 South Carolina residents were hospitalized for treatment of COVID complications on Monday, that number up by 15 from Sunday.

Coronavirus testing in Loris delayed to this week

     A free COVID-19 testing clinic planned in Loris Friday was postponed until this Thursday due to the threat of inclement weather.

     That testing is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at the McLeod Loris Center for Health & Fitness, 3207 Casey Street.

     Provided by McLeod Health in partnership with South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control, the testing is free and available to anyone, with or without symptoms.

     Those being tested should remain in their car, only drive-throughs will be accepted, walk-ins will not.

     Those who are tested should receive results within 48 to 72 hours.

     For details visit here.

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.