COVID-19 hold continues with new cases, 8 Horry deaths

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Eight COVID-19 related deaths in Horry County in the past two days offers real confirmation that the coronavirus is not finished with the region, or the nation, with new cases reported throughout the area.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Coronavirus claims 8 more in Horry, infects 210: 2 day report
  • Columbus reports 33 new COVID cases, 227 active

Coronavirus claims 8 more in Horry, infects 210 in 2 days

     Another eight Horry County residents have died as a result of COVID-19, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Thursday.

     Laboratory tests have confirmed another 210 Horry residents as infected with the coronavirus since Tuesday, DHEC data showed Thursday. That brings the pandemic total for Horry to 92 lives lost, 7,174 people confirmed as infected with the disease.

     Zip Code data shows the Loris area with 31 newly confirmed cases since Tuesday, the pandemic total now 431, while Green Sea has held at 32 cases since July 18.

     Statewide South Carolina reported 1,892 new COVID cases and 49 new deaths Thursday, bringing the pandemic totals to 73,315 and 1,294 respectively.

     After several days of being unable to accurately report statewide hospitalizations, DHEC Wednesday said some data was beginning to become available. DHEC reported 117 new COVID related hospitalizations Thursday, over Wednesday, with a total of 1,723 Palmetto State residents now in the hospital for coronavirus related care.

Columbus reports 33 new COVID cases, 227 active

     Another 33 newly confirmed local COVID-19 cases, and the re-assignment of some cases to other counties after a residency confirmation process, brings the pandemic total of coronavirus infections to 732, the Columbus County Health Department reported Thursday.

     COVID updates are issued by the health department on Monday and Thursday of each week.

     Nine of the new cases were confirmed after the July 20 report from the county, five Tuesday, sixteen Wednesday, and three so far today (Thursday).

     There were no new COVID-19 deaths to report Thursday, the pandemic total for Columbus now 40, the most recent two reported Monday.

     “There are 227 active COVID-19 cases in Columbus County,” the health department reported, noting seven residents are currently hospitalized with the disease. “There have been approximately 7,040 COVID-19 tests performed in Columbus County.

     “There have been 465 COVID-19 recoveries in Columbus County.”

     Zip Code data, reported daily by the NC Department of Health and Human Recourses, and often delayed when compared to the county reporting, showed the Tabor City area with a pandemic total of 180 cases. It had indicated 177 Tabor City area cases Tuesday, but in an apparent correction dropped that total to 175 Wednesday, the increased it to 180 today.

     There have been 11 COVID related deaths in the Tabor City Zip code, that number unchanged for several weeks.

     Columbus County Health Department’s COVID-19 Call Center remains operational from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 910-640-6615 ext. 7045 or 7046.

     North Carolina reported 1,892 new COVID infections and 28 new related deaths Thursday, the pandemic total now 106,893 cases, 1,726 deaths.

     Hospitalizations rose by 51 in North Carolina, the total Thursday  1,188.

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