By DEUCE NIVEN
Perhaps too soon to be considered a trend, but COVID-19 deaths are noticeably higher in Columbus County, cases spiking in Horry counties as this week ends.
This post will cover these topics and may be updated:
- COVID takes a deadly turn in Columbus
- Virus claims 8, infects nearly 300 in Horry since Thurs.
COVID takes a deadly turn in Columbus
COVID-19 has claimed the lives of six more Columbus County residents, NC Department of Health and Human Services data since Thursday shows, five of those showing for the first time Saturday.
Four of the five new deaths shown Saturday, and of the six since Thursday, were from the east end of Columbus, two each from the Delco and Riegelwood Zip Codes, the others from the Whiteville area, the DHHS data showed.
Newly confirmed coronavirus cases in the county continued moderate increases, up by 55 cases since Thursday, 25 newly confirmed cases documented Saturday. Cases were up by just single digits since Thursday across the county’s Zip Codes, with the exception of Whiteville, with 25 newly confirmed infections.
To date COVID-19 has claimed 140 Columbus County lives and infected a confirmed 5,696, residents, the DHEC data showed.
Areas with the most case/death totals include Whiteville, 1,791/48; Tabor City, 1,411/33; Chadbourn, 653/19; and Hallsboro, 381/7.
Those pandemic totals for the two east end Zip Codes with two new confirmed deaths each Saturday are Delco, 181/3; Riegelwood, 328/5.
North Carolina reported 3,446 new COVID infections Saturday and 76 associated deaths, bringing those pandemic totals to 840,096 and 10,896 respectively.
Statewide 1,708 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Saturday, that number down by 72 from Friday.
Virus claims 8, infects nearly 300 in Horry since Thurs.
Another eight Horry County residents have died of COVID-19, four reported Friday, four more Saturday, by the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus are up by 254 since Thursday, 156 of those newly reported Saturday.
Zip Code data showed the Loris with five newly confirmed cases Saturday, the total up by thirteen since Thursday, while Green Sea showed a single new case Friday.
Since the pandemic began Horry County has recorded 402 COVID-19 associated deaths and 26,273 cases, 1,673 cases from the Loris Zip Code, 2224 from Green Sea.
South Carolina has recorded 434,589 COVID cases during the pandemic, 7,352 deaths, those numbers up by 1,617 and 26 respectively since Friday.
Statewide 1,086 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus Saturday, that number down by 36 since Wednesday.
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