By DEUCE NIVEN
Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the Carolinas, with a pediatric death and record case confirmation in South Carolina Saturday, new highs in diagnosed cases and hospitalizations in North Carolina.
It was a day of contrasts in the Tabor Loris Community, with Horry County continuing to surge cases and adding four COVID deaths, state data showed; while in Columbus County the pace of new cases was much slower, just five for the day.
This post will cover these topics and may be updated:
- Horry counts 208 more COVID cases, 8 in Loris area
- Surging in the Carolinas, SC’s first pediatric death
- Slow growth in Columbus
Horry counts 208 more COVID cases, 8 in Loris area
COVID-19 has claimed four more Horry lives and infected 208 more residents of the county, state Department of Health and Environmental Control data showed Saturday.
Two of the newly reported COVID deaths for Horry involved elderly residents, two were middle aged, DHEC reported.
That brings the pandemic total for Horry to 68 lives lost to the coronavirus, 5,583 residents testing positive for COVID-19, the DHEC data showed.
Eight of those newly confirmed cases were in the Loris Zip Code, the DHEC data showed, bringing the pandemic total to 321. Green Sea’s case total held at 24, a four-case jump there recorded Thursday.
Surging in the Carolinas, SC’s first pediatric death
Coronavirus pandemic records were set in the Carolinas Saturday, state health agencies reported, with newly confirmed cases setting new highs in both states, North Carolina also recording a record number of residents hospitalized due to COVID-19.
South Carolina also recorded its first pediatric death Saturday, identified as DHEC as a child younger than 5 from the Midlands area.
“Today, we mourn the loss of one of our children to this virus,” DHEC Public Health Director Dr. Joan Duwvre said in a news release. “It is heart-wrenching to lose a child under any circumstances, and especially so during a time when we have all lost so much already.
“Our state is in a dire situation and we will continue to mourn the loss of parents, grandparents, children, friends and neighbors until each and every one of us steps up to do what is right, not just for ourselves but for others. No one is immune to this deadly disease, but we each have the power to impact the path this pandemic takes in South Carolina.
“Choosing to wear a mask and maintain physical distance today will not only help change the course of the pandemic in South Carolina, it will help save the lives of those around us.”
A surge in newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, 2,239, set a new one-day record for South Carolina on Saturday, with the statewide pandemic death count now 940, 18 new deaths reported Saturday.
Percent positive test results also set a record in South Carolina Saturday, at 22.2 percent. COVID is taking a rising toll on younger South Carolinians.
“Younger South Carolinians continue to contribute to more and more positive cases of COVID-19,” a DHEC news release said. “Since June 1, there has been a 436.5 percent increase in newly reported COVID-19 cases among the 21-30 age group, representing 22 percent of total confirmed cases in the state, which is the largest percentage by age group.”
COVID hospitalizations remained high in South Carolina, at 1,396, but that was down by 42 from Friday.
In North Carolina Saturday saw new daily records for COVID confirmed cases and hospitalizations.
With 2,462 newly confirmed COVID cases statewide, the NC Department of Health and Human Services reported, the pandemic case count has reached 83,793, with 1,499 citizens killed by the coronavirus, that number up by 20 from Friday.
An additional 47 people are hospitalized in North Carolina due to COVID-19, DHHS reported, setting a new record total of 1,093.
“Record-high numbers like today are concerning,” DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said in a statement. “We all have a responsibility to one another to wear a face covering, avoid crowds and wash our hands often to get our trends going back in the right direction.”
Slow growth in Columbus
Five Columbus County residents are newly confirmed as infected with COVID-19, Saturday’s DHHS data reported on its online dashboard showed.
Columbus County reports COVID details twice a week, DHHS releases information daily, though its data sometimes lags behind the county.
Five new cases recorded Saturday brings the pandemic total to 607 for Columbus County, it’s death total of 39 unchanged in recent days.
Zip Code data showed three new cases in the Whiteville area, one each in Tabor City and Hallsboro. Their pandemic totals for confirmed cases/deaths went to: Whiteville, 172/12; Tabor City, 140/11; Hallsboro, 55/3.
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