The Columbus County Health Department reported another death on Monday from COVID-19, the third since Sept. 22. The individual passed away on Thursday in a hospital.
The county’s active COVID-19 cases also increased by 29, with eight additional cases on Thursday, 10 on Friday, six on Saturday, two on Sunday and three on Monday, according to the health department.
The total number of cases is now 1,385. That number includes recoveries, which the health department last reported as 1,169 on Sept. 24. Five residents with COVID-19 were in the hospital Monday.
There are no new cases at nursing homes in Columbus County, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Columbus County Schools spokesperson Kelly Jones said Monday morning that one student and one staff member at Acme Delco Elementary had received positive COVID-19 tests; no school contacts of the two people had needed to be quarantined. Jones said Friday evening that the case that the county schools had reported to the newspaper Thursday, an ADES student, had actually been a false positive.
Whiteville City Schools had no additional positive COVID-19 cases, Superintendent Marc Whichard said Monday at noon.
Steve Smith, headmaster of Columbus Charter School, reported no new cases at the school. Thomas Academy had no cases to report, said spokesperson Shanita Ward.
Jennifer Noble, principal of Columbus Christian Academy, reported no cases Monday.