The Columbus County Health Department on Thursday reported two more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the county’s total number of deaths to 13.
“The [two] individuals passed away on the morning of May 7 while hospitalized,” the health department said in a press release. “The individuals were two of the previously identified positive cases in Columbus County. To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about these individuals will be released. We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to all of the individuals’ family and friends in this very difficult time.”
The health department also reported five new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the county’s total number of cases to 189.
“Three of the new cases are connected to positive family members, one case is work-related, and the source of infection could not be identified for one case,” the press release said. “There have been thirteen COVID-19 related deaths in Columbus County.”
Twenty six people have recovered from COVID-19 in Columbus County, the health department said.
“Many workplaces require at least two negative COVID-19 tests within 24 hours in order for individuals who no longer have symptoms to return to work after having COVID-19,” according to the press release. “Retesting many previously positive individuals found that, while they are no longer experiencing symptoms, they are continuing to test positive. Therefore, we cannot consider them recovered. Due to several COVID-19 outbreaks at congregate living facilities and the course of the disease lasting longer than 30 days for many individuals, we are continuing to process recoveries every day. We will be providing another update on COVID-19 recoveries next week.”