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Columbus records 54th COVID death, nursing home cases; northern Horry numbers climb


     A 54th COVID-19 related death in Columbus County was reported by North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services Saturday, as coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes in Whiteville and Lake Waccamaw were recorded.

     Horry County, meanwhile, recorded new cases of the virus including some in the Loris and Green sea areas.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Columbus records 54th COVID death
  • Nursing homes report new cases
  • New Horry cases include Loris, Green Sea

Columbus records 54th COVID death

     Columbus County’s 54th resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has been recorded, state Department of Health and Human Services data showed Saturday.

     That death apparently involved a resident of the Bolton Zip Code, the DHHS data showed.

     Columbus County Health Department pandemic updates are currently released each Monday and Thursday.

     Columbus County has recorded 1,305 COVID cases during the pandemic, Saturday’s DHHS data shows. That data often lags that released by the county, which showed only one fewer cases Thursday.

     Zip Code data from DHHS showed two new cases in the Clarendon area since Thursday, one in Fair Bluff and Chad bourn, five in Whiteville, six in Riegelwood.

     North Carolina recorded 1,229 new COVID infections and 28 new related deaths Saturday, pandemic totals now at 192,248 and 3,235 respectively. Statewide 882 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus, that number down by 22 from Friday.

Nursing homes report new cases

     Weeks with no active COVID cases in Columbus County congregate care facilities have ended, with an outbreak in Whiteville and a single case at Lake Waccamaw, state DHHS data shows.

     That data, released each Tuesday and Friday, showed two staff members at Liberty Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Sept. 8, six staff members and a resident infected as of Friday.

     A single staff member has tested positive for the virus at Shoreland Health & Rehab in Lake Waccamaw, the DHHS data showed Friday.

New Horry cases include Loris, Green Sea

     Uneven daily climbs in confirmed COVID infections involving Horry County residents continued into this weekend, with just seven new cases between Thursday and Friday, twenty-one the next day, Saturday’s South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control data showed.

     Six of those new cases since Thursday were in the Loris Zip Code, three in the Green Sea area, the DHHS data showed.

     There have been no new COVID related deaths among Horry residents in several days, the pandemic total now 183, DHEC data showed. In the Loris Zip Code the pandemic total is 578, with 44 recorded in the Green Sea area.

     South Carolina recorded 706 new COVID infections and 9 new related deaths Saturday, those pandemic totals now 134,052 and 3,017 respectively. Statewide 826 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus, that number up by 28 from Friday.


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