By DEUCE NIVEN
A 35th Horry resident has died of COVID-19 complications as the county has recorded 120 residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Wednesday.
That report came as Horry County government revealed that 19 employees have tested positive for COVID since the pandemic began, without saying how many of those are current. Another 58 county employees have been tested, with those results still pending, and 50 more have been tested with negative results.
Those with pending results are “working remotely or utilizing medical leave due to reports of possible exposure to COVID-19,” a news release from county government said.
While county offices remain open, leaders continue to urge the public to conduct business by phone, email or other electronic means when possible.
“Call first before visiting any office in person—many departments will be working by appointment-only in an effort to limit the number of people within a given space,” the news release said. “Community members who must visit an office in person will be required to wear a face mask while inside the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.
“We ask our community to be patient and practice good hygiene.”
Elderly death, Loris cases
DHEC identified the latest COVID death in Horry County as an elderly person, one of ten to have died in the past day of the disease, that statewide total now 617.
With the 120 newly confirmed COVID cases the Horry total has reached 1,417 since the pandemic began, DHEC data showed. Four of those new cases were in the Loris Zip Code, that total now 171. Green Sea Zip Code cases remained at 12 Wednesday.
Statewide South Carolina has recorded 20,551 COVID confirmed cases since the pandemic began, DHEC reported Wednesday, an increase of 577 from Tuesday. A total of 607 Palmetto State residents were reported hospitalized for coronavirus complications Wednesday, an increase from 36 from Tuesday.
Look for continuing coverage on local impacts from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak here and in the Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.