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COVID-19 cases soar in Horry; No CC Health Department update Monday

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     With the state Christmas holiday extending into Monday, the Columbus County Health Department plans to post its latest pandemic update on New Year’s Eve Day.

     Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are soaring in neighboring Horry County.

This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • COVID cases soar in Horry, two more die
  • Columbus cancels Monday pandemic report; state reports 23 new cases since Saturday

COVID cases soar in Horry, two more die

     Even with a reporting pause during the holidays, the county of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases for Horry County has climbed dramatically in the past few days, up by 770 since Christmas Eve, 200 between Sunday and Monday alone, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control data shows.

     Two additional COVID associated deaths have been recorded for the county since Dec. 26. Supporting DHEC data only indicated one of those deaths, an elderly person who died Dec. 22.

     Those deaths bring the pandemic total of Horry lives lost to the coronavirus to 259.

     Zip Code data shows 41 newly reported COVID cases for the Loris area since Christmas, 13 of those new Monday, with 9 new cases for Green Sea, 2 since Sunday.

     Pandemic case totals have reached 17,514 for Horry County, including 1,026 for the Loris Zip Code, 130 for Green Sea.

     South Carolina has recorded 275,285 COVID cases during the pandemic, 4,782 deaths, those numbers up by 1,540 and 18 respectively since Sunday.

     Statewide 1,867 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Monday, that number up by 87 from Sunday.

Columbus cancels Monday pandemic report; state reports 23 new cases since Saturday

     An expected Columbus County Health Department update Monday on COVID-19 impacts did not come, the agency reporting on social media that the next update will be Thursday, New Year’s Eve day.

     An update on Monday was planned, the agency’s last update on Dec. 21 said. However, Monday was a part of the state’s holiday closing schedule.

     Daily data from the NC Department of Health and Human Services indicated no new COVID associated deaths between Saturday and Monday, with 23 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus involving county residents.

     Eight of those newly confirmed cases in the past two days were from the Whiteville Zip Code; five from Hallsboro; three each from Delco and Riegelwood; two each from Tabor City, Cerro Gordo and Chadbourn; one each from Fair Bluff, Nakina and Lake Waccamaw.

     Some of those pandemic case/death totals posted by DHHS Monday included Tabor City, 1,037/23; Whiteville, 1,055/24; Chadbourn, 370/9; Clarendon, 115/2; Fair Bluff, 74;5; Cerro Gordo, 90/2; and Nakina, 93/2.

     North Carolina reported 3,888 new COVID infections Monday, and 12 associated deaths, bringing those pandemic totals to 520,716 and 6,561 respectively.

     Statewide 3,192 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Monday, up by 69 from Sunday.

Updates

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