COVID pace is steady

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     An unusually long gap between pandemic reports from the Columbus County Health Department shows COVID-19 infections keeping a steady pace, with a similar trend in Horry County, state data shows.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Columbus COVID cases: 67 in six days
  • Horry records 26 new infections Wednesday

Columbus COVID cases: 67 in six days

     A dozen newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Columbus County today coupled with 17 Tuesday saw the pandemic total of coronavirus cases top 1,200, the county’s Health Department reported Wednesday.

     It was the longest gap between coronavirus updates from the department since March, the only one scheduled for this week because of the Labor Day holiday.

     Updates each Monday and Thursday will resume next week, the department reported.

     A total of 67 Columbus residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the most recent update last Thursday, the department reported, bringing the pandemic total to 1,224.

     A single additional case from Sept. 2, 12 on Sept. 3, 13 on Sept. 4, 2 each on Sept. 5 and 6, 8 Monday, 17 Tuesday and a dozen today combined for the 67 newly reported cases.

     Though the 67 total may have looked large, it averages 11.6 cases per day, with the two previous reporting periods averaging 13 or more per day.

     There were no new coronavirus related deaths reported, the pandemic total 52.

     “There have been 967 COVID-19 recoveries in Columbus County,” the news release said. “There are approximately 205 active COVID- 19 cases in Columbus County. There have been approximately 13,376 COVID-19 tests performed in Columbus County.”

     Zip Code data from the state Department of Health and Human Services online dashboard showed at least one new case in every most areas of the Columbus County.

     Tabor City, Clarendon, Nakina, Fair Bluff, and Cerro Gordo, each showed a single new case, Chadbourn two, Whiteville nine.

     North Carolina reported 897 new COVID infections and 49 related deaths Wednesday, the pandemic total now 179,532 and 2,958 respectively.

     A total of 916 people across North Carolina were hospitalized due to COVID-19 Wednesday, the DHHS data showed, that number up by 89 from Tuesday.

Horry records 26 new infections Wednesday

     Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Horry County totaled 26 Wednesday, the highest this week but still half the 55 recorded just Friday, data from South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control showed.

     Single new confirmed cases were reported in both the Loris and Green Sea areas, Zip Code data from DHEC showed.

     There were no new deaths.

     Pandemic totals for Horry are 9,517 confirmed as infected with the coronavirus, including 557 in the Loris area, 39 in Green Sea, and 189 county residents killed by the disease.

     Statewide South Carolina reported 250 new COVID cases and 29 new deaths Wednesday, the pandemic totals now 124,097 and 2,800 respectively.

     There were 801 COVID patients being treated in South Carolina hospitals Monday, that number up by 35 from Tuesday.

Updates

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