COVID claims 79th Columbus life, in Horry takes two a day

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     COVID-19 cases are surging in Columbus and Horry counties as the death toll from the coronavirus continues to climb while health officials plead for people to heed pandemic precautions like wearing masks and observing social distance recommendations.

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • COVID claims 79th Columbus life; TC infections top 1,000
  • Horry coronavirus death toll two a day since Thursday

COVID claims 79th Columbus life; TC infections top 1,000

     A Whiteville area resident appears to be the latest life lost to COVID-19, Columbus County’s 79th, data from North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services Sunday indicates.

     Another 47 county residents have been infected by the coronavirus in a single day, 129 since Thursday, the DHHS data shows.

     Zip Code data shows the Tabor City area the first in the county to pass 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March, 8 cases reported by DHHS Sunday bringing the total to 1,003. A total of 25 COVID cases have been confirmed in the Tabor City area since Thursday.

     Tabor City’s pandemic COVID case/death total in Sunday’s DHHS data is 1,003/22.

     Whiteville is the only other Zip Code in Columbus with a single day double-digit new COVID case county, 18 shown by DHHS Sunday, 40 since Thursday, its pandemic total case/death count now 970/23, reflecting the latest death.

     Columbus County has recorded 3,254 COVID cases during the pandemic, Sunday’s DHHS data showed.

     Case and death numbers are reported by the Columbus County Health Department each Monday and Thursday, and are typically higher than that day’s state total, reflecting a lag in reporting and posting.

     North Carolina reported 6,900 new COVID infections Sunday, and 40 associated deaths, bringing those pandemic totals to 479,034 and 6,224 respectively.

     Statewide 2,748 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Sunday, down by 98 from the day before.

Horry coronavirus death toll two a day since Thursday

     Two Horry County lives lost to COVID-19 have been reported each day since Thursday by South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.

     While the daily average of newly confirmed COVID-19 will remain well above 100 for December to day, Sunday’s DHHS posted marked the first time since Dec. 2 that the daily total fell below that mark.

     Four of the six COVID-19 associated deaths for Horry County since Thursday were elderly people, two middle aged. Elderly deaths took place on Dec. 12, 14, 15 and 16; middle aged deaths on Dec. 15 and 16.

     Another 382 confirmed COVID cases were reported for Horry since Thursday, 37 for the Loris Zip Code, 8 for Green Sea. That brings pandemic totals to 16,139 for Horry, 935 for Loris, 110 for Green Sea.

     South Carolina has recorded 253,034 COVID cases during the pandemic, 4,566 deaths, those numbers up by 2,583 and 36 respectively since Saturday.

     Statewide 1,471 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Sunday, that number up by 10 from Saturday.

Updates

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