COVID death counts hit 101 for Horry, 41 in Columbus

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     COVID-19’s deadly toll on the Tabor-Loris Community and their counties continued to rise Friday with four deaths reported for Horry County, a 41st loss in Columbus.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Horry COVID deaths hit 101
  • Columbus records 41st death; TCI tests, cases climb

Horry coronavirus deaths hit 101

     Four more Horry County residents have died of COVID-19 complications, bringing the pandemic total to 101, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Friday.

     All four deaths involved elderly residents, DHEC reported.

     Another 122 Horry residents have also tested positive for the coronavirus, DHEC reported, bringing the pandemic total to 7,296.

     Zip Code data showed 14 of the newly confirmed cases in the Loris area, that pandemic total now 445; a single new confirmed case in the Green Sea area bringing that total to 33.

     Statewide South Carolina reported 1,921 new COVID cases and 46 new deaths Friday, bringing the pandemic totals to 78,298 and 1,339 respectively.

     COVID related hospitalizations declined in South Carolina Friday, 1,668 people in the hospital due to the coronavirus, 55 fewer than Thursday.

Columbus records 41st COVID death; TCI tests, cases climb

     Columbus County’s second COVID-19 death of the week, and the month, was recorded on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services online dashboard Friday.

     That death appeared to involve a resident of the Tabor City Zip Code, DHHS data showed.

     Columbus County Health Department COVID updates are issued each Monday and Thursday, the first report this week documented the county’s first COVID death of the month, the 40th of the pandemic. DHHS data showed the county with 41 deaths Friday.

     Zip Code data showed the Tabor City area with one new case and one new death Friday, those totals now 181 and 12. No other Zip Code showed a new death. Three Zip Codes recorded two newly confirmed cases Friday. Those areas, and their new pandemic case/death totals, are: Fair Bluff, 30/4; Hallsboro, 73/4; Riegelwood, 40/0.

     Prison cases: Testing has ramped up considerably at Tabor Correctional Institution, revealing two new inmates infected with COVID-19, state Department of Public Safety data shows.

     A total of 28 TCI inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus, with 307 inmates tested, DPS data showed Friday. That data on Tuesday showed 27 inmates infected with 90 tests given.

     North Carolina reported 2,102 new COVID infections and 20 new related deaths Friday, the pandemic total now 108,995 cases, 1,746 deaths.

     Hospitalizations dropped by 6 in North Carolina Friday, the total Thursday  1,182.

Updates

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