Two new COVID deaths in Columbus, more cases in CC, Horry too

COVID-19 demographic data from the Columbus County Health Department. See more below.

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Two more COVID-19 confirmed deaths for Columbus County, 23 new cases, and another 125 infections reported for Horry County were reported Thursday.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Columbus reports new COVID cases, deaths, demographic data
  • Another 125 coronavirus cases in Horry

Columbus reports new COVID cases, deaths, demographic data

     Two Columbus County residents have died from COVID-19 complications since Monday, another 23 have been confirmed as infected with the coronavirus, the Columbus County Health Department reported Thursday.

     COVID updates are issued twice weekly, on Monday and Thursday.

     One of the two new deaths died in a hospital, the other at home, the health department reported in a news release. No other specific information, including the date of death, was reported.

     “We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to all of the individuals’ family and friends in this very difficult time,” the health department news release said.

     Those deaths bring to 37 the number of Columbus residents claimed by COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

     With 23 new cases, a total of 491 county residents have been infected with the disease. Two of the new cases were confirmed after the health department’s June 22 news release. Nine cases were confirmed on June 23, eleven on June 24, one today (June 25.)

     About 4,500 COVID-19 tests have been completed in the county, and 304 who were infected have completely recovered, the health department reported.

     Demographic data: Women and Black residents are more likely to become infected by COVID-19 and to die as a result than men and those of other races, demographic data released by the health department Thursday showed.

     While most of the county’s COVID deaths involved residents 65 and older, the age range of those infected has broadened, from 38 in the youngest birth to age 17 age group to 98 65 and older, that data showed.

     Fifteen of the 35 COVID deaths in the county as of June 23 were Black residents, nineteen were white, one each Hispanic and American Indian.

     Similarly, 203 Columbus residents infected by COVID-19 are Black, 233 White, 35 Hispanic, 7 American Indian, and 1 of Asian descent, the data showed.

     Black residents in Columbus County, reflecting the trend in North Carolina and nationally, are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. White residents make up nearly 70 percent of the county population, Blacks just more than 23 percent, U.S. Census data shows.

     Zip Code data: Reported by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, two new COVID cases were reported in the Whiteville Zip Code Thursday, that total now 144, with one new case in Cerro Gordo and Chadbourn, those totals now 18 and 76 respectively. Delco also recorded a new case, its total now eight.

     Statewide: North Carolina has recorded 57,183 confirmed COVID cases since the pandemic began, Thursday’s DHHS data showed, that total up by 1,009 from Wednesday; with 1,290 deaths, 19 more than Wednesday; and 891 COVID patients in the hospital, a decrease of 15 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 125 coronavirus cases in Horry

     Some moderation in the numbers of newly COVID-19 infected Horry County residents was shown in Thursday’s South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control data, with 126 new cases including three in the Loris Zip Code reported.

     Just a day earlier DHEC had reported 183 new cases for Horry, including six in the Loris Zip Code.

     To date 2,495 Horry residents have been infected with the coronavirus since the pandemic began, 40 have died of COVID-19 complications, the DHEC data showed.

     Zip Code Data shows 210 Loris area residents who have contracted the disease, 14 from the Green Sea area.

     Statewide South Carolina has recorded 28,292 COVID confirmed cases since the pandemic began, DHEC reported Thursday, an increase of 1,106 from Wednesday, with 691 people across the state who have died of the disease, 8 more than Wednesday.

     A total of 881 Palmetto State residents were reported hospitalized for coronavirus complications Thursday, an increase of 49 from Wednesday.

Updates

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