COVID-19 deaths in Columbus, Horry, amid big case jumps

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     New COVID-19 associated deaths were reported for both Columbus and Horry counties by state agencies Wednesday, with

     This post will cover these topics and may be updated:

  • Columbus counts 83rd COVID death, 85 new cases
  • Coronavirus claims another Horry life, infects 143 more

Columbus counts 83rd COVID death, 85 new cases

     Columbus County’s 83rd COVID-19 associated death was reported by North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services Wednesday, with another 85 newly confirmed cases in the county indicated by the state agency.

     A pandemic update from the Columbus County Health Department, expected Thursday, may provide some additional detail on recent COVID activity in the county. Typically issued each Monday and Thursday, the county’s last update was Dec. 21 due to the holidays.

     Zip Code data indicates the latest COVID death was a resident of the Whiteville area, the 25th there. Another 27 infections were also recorded in the Whiteville area.

     That data showed the Tabor City area with 16 newly confirmed cases Wednesday, Chadbourn with 17. Across the county increases were generally small, the Cerro Gordo Zip Code the only area without a newly confirmed case Wednesday.

     Current pandemic case/death totals include Tabor City, 1,056/23; Whiteville, 1,086/25; Chadbourn, 391/9; and Clarendon, 119/2.

     North Carolina reported a record 8,551 new COVID infections Wednesday, and 42 associated deaths, bringing those pandemic totals to 532,830 and 6,729 respectively.

     Statewide 3,339 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Wednesday, down by 38 from Tuesday.

Coronavirus claims another Horry life, infects 143 more

     Another Horry County life has been lost to COVID-19, the 260th of the pandemic, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control data shows.

     That death took place on Dec. 27, the DHEC data showed, with another two “probable” COVID deaths recorded on Dec. 23.

     COVID-19 confirmed cases among Horry residents grew by 143 Wednesday, the DHEC data showed, bringing the pandemic total to 17,795.

     Zip Code data showed nine new COVID cases in the Loris area, three in Green Sea. Those pandemic totals have reached 1,045 for Loris, 132 for Green Sea.

     South Carolina has recorded 280,024 COVID cases during the pandemic, 4,846 deaths, those numbers up by 2,323 and 42 respectively since Tuesday.

     Statewide 2,001 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Wednesday, that number up by 47 from Tuesday.

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