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COVID claims 64th Columbus life; infections surge in Horry


     COVID-19 claimed its 64th Columbus County resident this week while coronavirus cases are surging in neighboring Horry County, local and state health officials are reporting.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • COVID claims 64th Columbus life, 42 more cases since Monday
  • Horry infections surge by 121 since Monday

COVID claims 64th Columbus life, 42 more cases since Monday

     A COVID-19 associated death of a Columbus resident took place Tuesday in a hospital, the county’s health department reported Thursday.

     That brings to 64 the Columbus lives lost to the coronavirus during the pandemic, with another 42 cases confirmed since Tuesday bringing that total since March to 1,858, the health department reported.

     Eight cases were confirmed after the health department’s last update on Monday, seven on Tuesday, twenty-four Wednesday, and three today (Thursday), the health department reported.

     Currently there are 13 Columbus residents hospitalized due to COVID-19, the health department reported, with 1,540 recoveries to date during the course of the pandemic.

     Some 19,976 COVID-19 tests have been given in the county since March, and 12,246 rapid tests since they became available.

     Zip Code data, posted by the NC Department of Health and Human Service and often lagging the county’s information, showed 12 newly confirmed cases in the Tabor City area, 8 in Whiteville, 5 in Chadbourn, 4 in Cerro Gordo, and 2 each in Clarendon and Fair Bluff.

     Pandemic total cases/deaths in those area as of Thursday are Tabor City, 410/19; Clarendon, 70/2; Nakina, 58/2; Fair Bluff, 53/4; Cerro Gordo, 51/1; Chadbourn, 220/8; and Whiteville, 556/15.

     North Carolina recorded 2,859 new COVID infections Thursday, and 41 associated deaths, bringing those pandemic totals to 285,661 and 4,548 respectively. Statewide 1,193 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus, that number up by 7 from Wednesday.

Horry infections surge by 121 since Monday

     Confirmed COVID-19 cases are surging in Horry County, up by 121 since Monday, data from South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control shows.

     A new death, the county’s 209th, was indicated by the DHEC data Wednesday, a middle aged person who passed away on Oct. 31.

     Horry has recorded 11,838 confirmed COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, Thursday’s DHEC data showed. Four new cases have been reported for the Loris Zip Code since Monday, none for Green Sea.

     Pandemic total cases for those Zip Codes, as of Thursday, are Loris with 683, Green Sea at 61.

     South Carolina has recorded 172,216 COVID cases during the pandemic, 3,736 deaths, those numbers up by 524 and 7 respectively since Wednesday.

     Statewide 755 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Thursday, that number down by 28 from Wednesday.


     Look for continuing coverage on local impacts from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak here and in the Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.