COVID-19 claims 5 more area lives, infects an additional 87

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Another five residents of Columbus or Horry counties have died of COVID-19 complications, 87 more infected with the coronavirus, data from county and state agencies showed Thursday.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • COVID claims 2 more Columbus lives, infects another 34
  • Horry records 3 new coronavirus deaths, 53 more cases

 COVID claims 2 more Columbus lives, infects another 34

    COVID-19 has claimed the lives of two more Columbus County residents, and infected an additional 34, the Columbus County Health Department reported in the second of its two weekly pandemic summaries Thursday.

     Both deaths occurred Wednesday and involved people who were hospitalized, the health department reported, providing no other details in keeping with patient privacy guidelines. With those deaths, the coronavirus has claimed 48 Columbus County lives since the pandemic began.

     New COVID-19 confirmations total 34, bringing that pandemic total to 868, the health department reported. Three cases previously listed in Columbus County have been reassigned elsewhere following residency investigations, the health department reported.

     “There have been 709 COVID-19 recoveries in Columbus County,” the health department news release said.

     Zip Code data, released daily by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, indicated new deaths from the Tabor City, Whiteville and Hallsboro areas, thought it listed two new deaths for the county without explanation for the discrepancy.

     That data also showed Tabor City with three newly confirmed COVID cases, Whiteville with two. Pandemic total cases/deaths now 212/13 for Tabor City, 243/14 in the Whiteville Zip Code.

     North Carolina reported 1,979 new COVID infections and 42 new related deaths Thursday, the pandemic total now 131,268 cases, 2,092 deaths.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 were down by a 20 Thursday, the total now 1,147.

Horry records 3 new coronavirus deaths, 53 more cases

     Three new COVID-19 related deaths and another 53 residents testing positive for the virus were reported for Horry County by the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control Thursday.

     All three who died were described as elderly, the DHEC data showed.

     Pandemic totals for Horry reached 8,341 cases and 141 deaths Thursday, the DHEC data showed. Five of the new cases were in the Loris Zip Code, the pandemic total there now 499, Green Sea’s total was unchanged at 35.

     Statewide South Carolina reported 1,295 new COVID cases Thursday, and 44 new deaths, the pandemic totals now 96,132 and 1,863 respectively.

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