Columbus County lost another resident due to COVID-19, the county health department announced Monday. The individual passed away at the hospital Wednesday.
Overall, 54 people have died from complications due to the coronavirus, according to the health department. Seven residents were in the hospital Monday due to COVID-19.
In addition, 20 more cases have been reported. The county saw five new cases on Thursday, four on Friday, five on Saturday, four on Sunday and two on Monday.
Congregate living facilities in Whiteville also saw an increase in positive tests for COVID-19. Six staff members and one resident at Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, along with one staff member and one resident at Shoreland Health Care and Retirement Center currently have COVID-19, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
The total number of COVID-19 cases stood at 1,324 on Monday. That number includes recoveries, which the health department last reported as 967 on Sept. 9.
Columbus County Schools on Monday had two new COVID-19 diagnoses since last week: a student at Hallsboro-Artesia Elementary and a staff member at West Columbus each had positive tests, according to spokesperson Kelly Jones; no school contacts of either person had to be quarantined.
Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Marc Whichard reported two new cases, both at Edgewood Elementary. No quarantines of school contacts were necessary, he said.
Columbus Charter School had no new cases to report Monday, said Headmaster Steve Smith.
Thomas Academy had not responded to contacts by presstime.
Jennifer Noble, principal of Columbus Christian Academy, reported no cases.