By DEUCE NIVEN
COVID-19 has claimed more lives in Columbus and Horry counties, data from state agencies showed Wednesday.
This post will cover these topics and may be updated:
- COVID claims 68th Columbus resident
- Horry virus death toll hits 220
COVID claims 68th Columbus resident
Another Columbus County resident has been claimed by COVID-19, apparently in the Tabor City area, data from North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services showed Wednesday.
To date 68 county residents have been claimed by the coronavirus during the pandemic, 21 from the Tabor City Zip Code, the DHHS data shows.
Another 26 county residents have tested positive for the virus, the daily DHHS data shows, five of those in the Tabor City Zip Code, which has seen a higher than would be expected case climb because of an outbreak at Tabor Correctional Institution, a state prison located west of the town.
A total of 661 COVID infections have been recorded in the Tabor City Zip Code since March, the DHHS data showed.
TCI had six newly confirmed COVID cases, daily data from the NC Department of Public Safety showed, while Columbus Correctional near Brunswick, in the Whiteville Zip Code, recorded seventeen new infections.
Zip Code data from DHHS also showed the Whiteville area with 17 newly confirmed cases Wednesday, bringing the pandemic total to 651, with 16 associated deaths.
Active COVID cases at TCI fell from 235 to 199 Wednesday, though it was not possible from the data to determine if that indicated recoveries or inmates who were transferred or released.
Active COVID cases at CCI jumped by 22, to 27 on Wednesday, the NCDPS data showed.
North Carolina recorded 3,367 new COVID infections Wednesday, and 46 associated deaths, bringing those pandemic totals to 320,862 and 4,898 respectively. Statewide 1,537 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus, that number up by 36 from Tuesday.
Horry virus death toll hits 220
Another elderly Horry County resident has died of COVID-19 associated illness, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Wednesday.
That death took place Nov. 13, the DHEC data showed, bringing the county’s confirmed coronavirus death toll to 220. A middle aged Horry resident who died Nov. 16 was listed as a “probable” COVID death, the DHEC data showed.
Coronavirus infections continue to climb in Horry, 73 more cases newly confirmed in Wednesday’s data, four of those in the Loris Zip Code, another three in Green Sea.
Pandemic total COVID cases have reached 12,742 for Horry, including 728 in the Loris Zip Code, 72 in Green Sea, the DHEC data showed.
South Carolina has recorded 187,774 COVID cases during the pandemic, 3,906 deaths, those numbers up by 1,226 and 22 respectively since Tuesday.
Statewide 830 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Wednesday, that number up by 30 from Tuesday.
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