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Trends towards fewer COVID cases in Columbus, Horry


     It may be too soon to draw broad conclusions, but data from local and state health agencies seems to show improving trends related to COVID-19 infections in both Columbus and Horry counties.

     Coronavirus related deaths have been steadily reported in Horry County in recent days, at least once each day since Friday.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Columbus reports 27 new COVID cases
  • Horry records day of less than 20 infections, 174th death

Columbus reports 27 new COVID cases

     With 27 newly confirmed COVID-19 infections among Columbus County residents reported Monday, the trend of new cases is showing some improvement, data released from the county Health Department suggest.

     Seven of the newly confirmed cases were reported Friday, three Sunday, seventeen today (Monday), the health department said.

     That brings the pandemic total of COVID cases in the county to 1,117, the health department reported, with 51 associated deaths, the most recent last Tuesday.

     Seven county residents remain hospitalized due to COVID-19.

     Zip Code data, released daily by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, showed six new cases in the Tabor City area since Thursday, two in Nakina, one in Fair Bluff and Cerro Gordo, five in Chadbourn, and 11 in Whiteville.

     Pandemic totals of cases/deaths for those Zip Codes, as of Monday, were Tabor City, 257/16; Clarendon, 42/2; Nakina, 39/2; Fair Bluff, 39/4; Cerro Gordo, 30/1; Chadbourn 147/6; and Whiteville 316/14.

     North Carolina reported 1,186 new COVID infections and 10 related deaths Monday, the pandemic total now 167,313 and 2,702 respectively.

     Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 were up by 6 from Sunday, the total now 923.

Horry records day of less than 20 infections, 174th death

     Newly confirmed COVID-19 infections continue to trend generally lower, though associated deaths have begun to climb steadily after taking a six-day pause, data from South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control suggests.

     DHEC data Monday showed Horry County with 9,287 confirmed COVID cases and 174 associated deaths, those numbers up by 131 from Thursday, the bulk of that from Saturday’s DHEC report showing 64 new cases.

     Data Monday showed 18 newly confirmed COVID cases for the county, the fifth daily total of 20 or below in the past two weeks. A new COVID related death for the county was reported Friday, Sunday and Monday, with three deaths reported Saturday, the DHEC data showed. Most of those deaths involved elderly people, at least one was a young adult, defined as a person from 18 to 34 years of age.

     Zip Code data showed two new cases in the Loris area Monday, 15 since Thursday, for a pandemic total of 549. A single new infection in the Green Sea Zip Code reported Saturday brought that pandemic total to 37.

     Statewide South Carolina reported 651 new COVID cases and 12 new deaths Monday, the pandemic totals now 117,333 and 2,588 respectively.

     There were 934 COVID patients being treated in South Carolina hospitals Monday, that number down by 22 from Sunday.


     Look for continuing coverage on local impacts from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak here and in the Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.