COVID death confirmed in Columbus, area case county rises slowly

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Columbus County’s 54th COVID 19 death was confirmed Monday while new infections were reported in both Horry and Columbus counties.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Columbus confirms 54th COVID death, 20 new cases
  • Horry records 16 citizens newly infected

Columbus confirms 54th COVID death, 20 new cases

     Columbus County’s 54th death resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, indicated by state reported data Saturday, was confirmed by the Columbus County Health Department Monday.

     That person died last Wednesday in a hospital, the health department reported.

     Another 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases since Thursday was reported in the county’s first of two weekly coronavirus updates, bringing the pandemic total to 1,324.

     Five of the newly confirmed COVID cases came after Thursday’s county news release, four Friday, five Saturday, four Sunday, and two today (Monday), the health department reported.

     “There are currently seven Columbus County residents that are hospitalized due to COVID-19.,” the health department reported.

     Zip Code data, posted daily by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, seemed to indicate sustained slow growth in new cases. That data typically lags behind that of the county, Monday’s count 12 fewer than the local health department indicate.

     Clarendon and Whiteville, the state Zip Code data showed, recorded one new case each since Saturday, Chadbourn two, the county up by seven in that timeframe.

     North Carolina recorded 800 new COVID infections and 4 new related deaths Monday, pandemic totals now at 194,381 and 3,247 respectively. Statewide 885 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus, that number down by 4 from Sunday.

Horry records 16 citizens newly infected

     COVID-19 continues to spread in Horry County, a bit more slowly with 16 newly confirmed cases Monday, data from South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control showed.

     Another 14 new cases were reported by DHEC Sunday, a total of 30 since Saturday. Three of those newly confirmed cases were from the Loris Zip Code, the DHEC data showed.

     No new deaths were reported for the county, the pandemic total of 183 steady for almost a week. There have been 9,875 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Horry during the pandemic, 581 in the Loris Zip Code, 44 in the Green Sea area, though health experts consistently say the actual numbers are likely much higher.

     South Carolina recorded 393 new COVID infections and 13 new related deaths Monday, those pandemic totals now 134,884 and 3,040 respectively. Statewide 733 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus, that number unchanged from Sunday.

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