The Columbus County Health Department reported 33 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The number of local deaths blamed on the coronavirus remains at 53 and includes a person who died Monday while hospitalized.
The county saw eight additional cases on Monday after one case had been reported, 11 on Tuesday, 12 on Wednesday and two on Thursday, according to the health department. The total number of positive tests is now 1,304 with deaths remaining at 53.
Approximately 188 Columbus County residents actively have the virus, according to the health department. Eight are in the hospital, an increase from three on Monday.
More than a thousand residents have recovered from COVID-19.
The county has administered 14,247 COVID-19 tests and 7,281 rapid tests overall.
Since presstime for Tuesday’s edition, Whiteville City Schools has one additional positive case of COVID-19, said Superintendent Marc Whichard Thursday morning. “The individual is an adult staff member at WHS.” No other individuals within the school system have been quarantined as a result of contact with him or her, Whichard reported.
Columbus County Schools had no new positive coronavirus tests to report at presstime Thursday, spokesperson Kelly Jones said.
At Columbus Charter School, no students or staff had new positive tests, Headmaster Steve Smith said Thursday morning. He said that two students were quarantined “because a parent was positive. Students are negative with no symptoms but are still (quarantined) for 14 days.”
Thomas Academy also reported no positive cases Thursday morning.
Jennifer Noble, principal of Columbus Christian Academy, reported no positive tests among students or staff.
—Reporting by Ivey Schofield and Diana Matthews