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Two new COVID deaths in Columbus, more cases in CC, Horry too

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Two more COVID-19 confirmed deaths for Columbus County, 23 new cases, and another 125 infections reported for Horry County were reported Thursday.      This post will cover these topics and may be updated: Columbus reports new COVID cases, deaths, demographic data Another 125 coronavirus cases in Horry Columbus reports new COVID cases,…

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Face coverings required as NC pauses reopening, COVID cases rise

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Face coverings will be required in most public settings in North Carolina effective Friday afternoon, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday, as COVID-19 cases continued to rise rapidly both in the Tarheel State and to the south, with both Columbus and Horry counties seeing more cases of the coronavirus.      This post will…

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Causey wins Horry council GOP runoff, Smith wins in CC

By JENN CAUSEY tribjenn@tabor-loris.com      Mark Causey won Republican nomination for the District 9 Horry County Council seat in Tuesday’s GOP runoff, with nearly 60 percent of the vote making him the heir apparent of the seat that has been held for decades by Paul Prince.      Causey claimed 975 votes in the unofficial total from Tuesday’s…

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Loris administrator quits, city pay hikes delayed at best

By JENN CAUSEY tribjenn@tabor-loris.com      Acting Loris Administrator Dennis Drozdak will leave the office June 30, the legal deadline for the city’s new budget for the year that begins July 1.      That budget will apparently not include pay hikes for city employees, though Mayor Todd Harrelson said city leaders hope to provide pay increases later in…

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Columbus reports two new COVID deaths, 16 more cases; Horry coronavirus total tops 2,000; NCCare360 now statewide

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      As COVID-19 continues to sicken people and claim lives a North Carolina effort to connect medical and non-medical service providers with the people who need them has gone statewide.      This post will cover these topics and will be updated: Columbus reports two new COVID deaths, 16 more cases With 125 new…

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High COVID trend continues in Horry; Chadbourn area sees four deaths; outbreak hasn’t ended at Loris Rehab

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Another day with newly confirmed COVID-19 infections well above 100 in Horry County came as state data showed four recent coronavirus deaths in the Chadbourn area.      Meanwhile, a COVID outbreak at Loris Rehab and Nursing Center has slowed, but has not ended.      This post will cover these topics and will be…

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As COVID case counts climb locally, NC governor says face covering order could come next week, SC health leader urges compliance

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      COVID-19 case counts continue to rise rapidly in Horry County, at a slower pace in Columbus.      Meanwhile, serious consideration is being given to a statewide order requiring the wearing of face coverings in public in North Carolina as a health leader in South Carolina offered a plea for masks to be…

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Horry’s huge case count Wednesday leads the state, includes county employees

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A 35th Horry resident has died of COVID-19 complications as the county has recorded 120 residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Wednesday.      That report came as Horry County government revealed that 19 employees have tested positive for COVID since the…

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Federal COVID funds headed to CC Health Dept.; local pharmacy closes briefly; cases keep climbing in Horry

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Columbus County Health Department will be getting federal funds to aid in its COVID-19 response, while the Walgreens in Tabor City was closed temporarily as a “team members” was evaluated during this pandemic.      In Horry County, coronavirus cases continued to climb, though specifics were tough to measure.      This post will cover…

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Commissioners’ ‘public’ meeting largely unintelligible

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Columbus County Commissioners met for about 50 minutes Monday evening before going into a closed session, but for those listening either on-line or by telephone, the meeting was largely closed all evening.      Because of health and safety social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, commissioners have either met virtually, each member…

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