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:
- Columbus reports three new COVID deaths, 206 more cases
- Horry virus death toll up to 221
Columbus reports three new COVID deaths, 206 more cases
Another three Columbus County residents have been lost to COVID-19, the Columbus County Health Department reported Thursday.
All three deaths involved residents who were in a hospital, and took place on Nov. 14, 16, and 19. That brings the pandemic total of coronavirus deaths involving Columbus residents to 70.
Zip Code data from the state’s COVID-19 dashboard indicated one death each in the Tabor City and Fair Bluff areas in recent days, and did not indicate the county’s 70th COVID death.
A recent surge in COVID infections among county residents grew with Thursday’s health department report, 206 new cases, bringing the pandemic total to 2,455.
Newly confirmed COVID cases included 73 reported after the health department’s last update on Monday, 33 Tuesday, 62 Wednesday, and 38 at the time Thursday’s update was written.
Tabor Correctional Institution and Columbus Correctional Institution, the two state prisons in Columbus County, continued to help fuel the local case surge, the health department reported, with 84 of the newly confirmed 206 cases from those facilities, the health department reported.
NC Department of Public Safety data showed TCI with 33 newly confirmed cases since Monday, CCI with 24, though that data may lag that provided by the health department.
TCI is reporting 209 active COVID cases, CCI 29, as of Thursday, those numbers up by ten and two respectively since Wednesday.
Across the county there are about 837 active COVID cases currently, with 1,618 presumed recoveries during the course of the pandemic.
Zip Code data, reported daily by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, showed 24 newly cases in the Tabor City area Thursday, which includes TCI; 45 new cases in Whiteville, which includes CCI, with small increases in some other areas.
Some pandemic case/death totals reported by DHHS Thursday, that data often behind information from the county health department, included Tabor City, 685/21; Whiteville, 696/16; Chadbourn, 249/8; Riegelwood, 150/2; Hallsboro, 140/7; Clarendon, 85/2; Nakina, 63/2; Cerro Gordo, 62/1; and Fair Bluff, 60/5.
North Carolina recorded 4,296 new COVID infections Thursday, a pandemic record for the state, and 38 associated deaths, bringing those pandemic totals to 325,158 and 4,936 respectively. Statewide 1,538 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus, with a single new hospitalization from Wednesday.
Horry virus death toll up to 221
Another COVID-19 associated death of an Horry County residents, the second in as many days, was reported by South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control Thursday.
That death involved a middle aged person who died on Nov. 17, DHEC reported, and brings the pandemic death total for Horry to 221.
Another 67 Horry residents have been infected with the coronavirus, the DHEC data showed. Two of the newly reported cases are from the Loris Zip Code, none from Green Sea.
Pandemic case totals continue to climb, the Horry county now 12,809 including 730 from the Loris Zip Code, 72 in Green Sea.
South Carolina has recorded 189,251 COVID cases during the pandemic, 3,924 deaths, those numbers up by 1,410 and 17 respectively since Wednesday.
Statewide 815 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Thursday, that number down by 15 from Tuesday.
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