COVID cases spike this weekend

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     COVID-19 cases have exploded in Horry County this weekend with at least 399 people newly confirmed with the coronavirus in the past two days, Columbus County showing 19 new cases in the same time period, state health agency data shows.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Record weekend with at least 399 COVID cases in Horry
  • Columbus records 19 new infections

Record weekend with at least 399 COVID cases in Horry

     A record weekend of newly confirmed COVID-19 infections among Horry County residents come as South Carolina continues to get national attention as a coronavirus hotspot.

     Another 214 Horry residents were confirmed COVID positive, data from South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control showed Saturday, with Sunday’s count 185, for a total of 399.

     That data, however, conflicted with county totals that Friday showed 2,580 Horry testing positive for the virus since the pandemic began, 2,985 on Sunday, which would make the weekend total 405.

     Zip Code data showed Loris with 15 new cases during the weekend, a single confirmed case reported Saturday, 14 more Sunday, the total now 225.

     Green Sea recorded a single new COVID case Sunday, the Zip Code data showed, the total there now 15.

     Statewide South Carolina has recorded 33,221 COVID confirmed cases since the pandemic began, DHEC reported Sunday, an increase of 2,965 from Friday, with 712 people across the state who have died of the disease, 20 more than Friday.

     A total of 954 Palmetto State residents were reported hospitalized for coronavirus complications Sunday, an increase of 48 from Friday.

Columbus records 19 new infections

     Whiteville has recorded three more residents infected with COVID-19 since Friday, Tabor City two, Zip Code data from North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services show.

     Columbus County Health Department is issuing COVID updates twice each week, on Monday and Thursday. DHHS updates its website data daily, though the totals sometime lag behind that released by the county.

     Another 19 Columbus residents have tested positive for the virus since Friday, the DHHS data shows, the total now 513 since the pandemic began.

     Zip Code data shows Tabor City’s total at 114, Whiteville at 146. Hallsboro and Delco also recorded two new case confirmations, their totals now 36 and 11.

     Zip Codes with single new cases recorded during the weekend, and their new totals, are Nakina, 8; Evergreen, 12, Lake Waccamaw, 28; and Riegelwood, 27.

     Statewide: North Carolina has recorded 62,142 confirmed COVID cases since the pandemic began, Sunday’s DHHS data showed, that total up by 3,324 from Friday; with 1,332 deaths, 19 more than Friday; and 890 COVID patients in the hospital, two fewer than Friday.

     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.

Updates

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