By DEUCE NIVEN
Columbus County has hit, and rapidly exceeded a milestone of 1,700 confirmed COVID-19 infections during the pandemic, while two have been added to the death toll across the state line Horry.
This post will cover these topics and may be updated:
- Columbus COVID case count soars past 1,700
- Coronavirus claims two more Horry lives
Columbus COVID case count soars past 1,700
With 49 newly confirmed COVID-19 infections involving local residents, Columbus County Health Department data Thursday shows the pandemic total for the county passed the 1,700 mark just after its previous update, on Monday.
A total of 1,743 county residents have been infected with the disease since March, the health department reported Thursday. That total Monday afternoon was 1,694.
Sixteen additional cases were confirmed after Monday’s report, the health department said, three on Tuesday, twenty Wednesday, and ten Thursday prior to the latest report.
Eleven county residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, with about 291 active cases in the county, the health department reported.
COVID recoveries for the county total about 1,390.
“There have been approximately 19,252 COVID-19 tests and approximately 11,854 COVID-19 rapid tests performed in Columbus County,” the health department update said.
Zip Code data, provided by the NC Department of Health and Human Services and updated daily, shows four of the cases confirmed since Monday in the Tabor City area, one in Clarendon, two each in Nakina and Fair Bluff, and twenty-two in Whiteville.
DHHS data often lags that provided by the health department, with the state agency showing a total of 1,714 confirmed cases for Columbus on Thursday.
Both the county and DHHS data shows that COVID-19 has claimed 62 Columbus lives during the pandemic.
North Carolina recorded 2,885 new COVID infections Thursday, and 38 related deaths, bringing those pandemic totals to 269,021 and 4,283 respectively. Statewide 1,181 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus, that number down by 12 from Wednesday.
Coronavirus claims two more Horry lives
Two more elderly Horry County residents have died of COVID-19 associated causes, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control data showed Thursday.
That brings the pandemic death toll for the county to 206, the DHEC data showed, with another 73 newly confirmed coronavirus infections indicated by the agency since Monday.
Nine of those newly reported infections, since Monday, are from the Loris Zip Code, one from Green Sea. Pandemic case totals for those area are 676 for Loris, 61 for Green Sea.
South Carolina has recorded 166,344 COVID cases during the pandemic, 3,645 deaths, those numbers up by 918 and 13 respectively since Wednesday.
Statewide 800 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Thursday, that number down by 10 from Wednesday.
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