COVID fatality milestones set in Horry, Columbus

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     COVID-19 has claimed three lives additional lives in the region, local and state reporting showed Thursday, grim milestones recorded in both Horry and Columbus counties.

     Both areas are seeing increases in newly confirmed coronavirus cases, the state and local data shows.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Two new deaths brings Horry COVID total to 200
  • Columbus reports 60th resident claimed by virus

Two new deaths brings Horry COVID total to 200

     Another two COVID-19 associated deaths involving Horry residents, 58 newly confirmed cases of the disease in the county, were recorded on South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control’s online dashboard Thursday.

     With those deaths the county reached the grim milestone of 200 lives lost to the coronavirus during the pandemic, with 11,274 residents infected.

     Zip Code data showed two of the newly confirmed cases in the Loris area, none in Green Sea. Loris has recorded 659 COVID cases during the pandemic, Green Sea 60, the DHEC data showed.

     South Carolina has recorded 160,384 COVID cases during the pandemic, 3,526 deaths, those numbers up by 921 and 40 respectively since Wednesday.

     Statewide 766 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Thursday, that number up by 23 from Wednesday.

Columbus reports 60th resident claimed by virus

     COVID-19 has claimed a 60th Columbus County life, the second of two weekly pandemic reports from the Columbus County Health Department said Thursday.

     That person died earlier Thursday in a hospital, the health department reported.

     Another 41 Columbus residents have tested positive for the virus since the agency’s update Monday, with a significant spike recorded Wednesday when 26 cases were confirmed.

     Five additional cases were confirmed Monday after the agency update then, eight on Tuesday, and two Thursday prior to the latest update.

     A total of 1,644 county residents have tested positive for the virus during the pandemic, the agency reported.

     “There are currently thirteen Columbus County residents that are hospitalized due to COVID-19,” the agency reported. “There have been 1,314 COVID-19 recoveries in Columbus County.”

     About 270 coronavirus cases are believed active in the county, with some 18,389 COVID-19 cases performed, 11,644 rapid tests.

     Zip Code data for the county, updated daily by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, showed three new cases in the Tabor City area, four in Chadbourn, eight in Whiteville, and one each in the Clarendon, Fair Bluff and Nakina areas.

     Pandemic case/death totals for those areas, the DHHS data showed, was Tabor City, 320/18; Chadbourn, 209/8; Whiteville, 509/15; Clarendon, 63/2; Fair Bluff, 48/4; and Nakina, 55/2.

     North Carolina recorded 2,400 new COVID infections Thursday, and 50 related deaths, bringing those pandemic totals to 252,992 and 4,082 respectively. Statewide 1,205 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus, that number down by 14 from Wednesday.

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