By DEUCE NIVEN
Less than 24-hours after Horry County Council implemented local law requiring the wearing of face masks in most public places the county shattered its previous one-day newly confirmed COVID-19 case total, crossing 300 cases for the first time with 358 county residents testing positive for the coronavirus.
Four additional Horry residents were also reported to have died from the virus, Saturday’s data from South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control showed.
Columbus County recorded only two additional COVID deaths, Saturday’s data from North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services showed.
Horry County has recorded 4,321 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, Saturday’s DHEC data showed, with 50 deaths.
Three of the newly reported Horry COVID deaths were elderly people, one was middle aged, DHEC reported.
Zip Code data showed the Loris area with 11 of the newly confirmed cases, its total now 272; with a single new case bringing the Green Sea Zip Code total to 18.
Statewide South Carolina has recorded 43,260 COVID confirmed cases since the pandemic began, an increase of 1,836 from Friday, with 806 people across the state who have died of the disease, 19 more than Friday.
A total of 1,190 Palmetto State residents were reported hospitalized for coronavirus complications Saturday, 42 more than the day before.
Columbus County has recorded 555 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, Saturday’s DHHS data showed, two more than Friday, with 39 deaths, that total unchanged in several days.
Zip Code data showed one newly confirmed case in Tabor City and Whiteville, those totals now 127 and 152.
Statewide: North Carolina’s pandemic total of COVID cases reached 71,654 Saturday, up by 1,413 From Friday, with 1,395 people claimed by the virus, that up by 3 from the day before.
DHHS data showed 945 of the state’s residents currently hospitalized with the coronavirus, 6 fewer than Friday.
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