COVID death confirmed in Columbus, new area cases counted

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Another COVID-19 death confirmed by the Columbus County Health Department comes as the rate of new cases in Horry County shows signs of decline, at least on Monday.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Columbus records 57th COVID death
  • Just eight new Horry infections

Columbus confirms 57th COVID death

     A 57th COVID-19 death of a Columbus County resident was confirmed by the Columbus County Health Department in its first of two weekly coronavirus updates Monday.

     That death took place Thursday to a person who was hospitalized, the health department reported.

     Another 29 county residents have been confirmed as testing positive for the virus since the department’s last report on Thursday, bringing the pandemic total to 1,385.

     Eight additional new cases were confirmed after the department’s update Thursday, ten Friday, six Saturday, two on Sunday, and three today (Monday), the health department reported.

     “There are currently five Columbus County residents that are hospitalized due to COVID-19,” the department’s report said.

     Zip Code data posted on the NC Department of Health and Human Services website Monday indicated perhaps one newly confirmed case, and a correction to data Sunday that had showed the Hallsboro area reaching 100 cases. Monday’s data showed Hallsboro with 99 confirmed cases, Lake Waccamaw with an additional case bringing its total to 67. Corrections often come when the confirmation process determines that a person’s residence has been misclassified, DHHS officials have said previously.

     Whiteville also showed a correction, its total of 118 cases Sunday back to 417 Monday. Riegelwood showed an increase of a single case, to 105.

     North Carolina recorded 868 new COVID infections and 4 related deaths Monday, pandemic totals now at 208,248 and 3,445 respectively. Statewide 897 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus, that number up down 20 from Sunday.

Just eight new Horry infections

     Just eight new COVID-19 infections among Horry County residents were indicated in Monday’s SC Department of Health and Environmental Control data.

     None of those new cases appeared to be from the Loris or Green Sea areas. A correction in the Loris area, typically resulting from residency confirmation in another area, saw that Zip Code total drop to 591 Monday, while Green Sea remained at 46.

     With no newly confirmed deaths in nearly a week, the pandemic total for Horry as of Monday is 10,020 confirmed cases, 185 deaths.

     South Carolina has recorded 142,149 COVID cases during the pandemic, 3,154 deaths, those numbers up by 542 and 10 respectively since Sunday.

     Statewide 753 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Monday, that number up by 19 from Sunday.

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