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Columbus surpasses 14,000 COVID-19 cases [free read]

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The omicron variant continues to spread across Columbus County, breaking case records.

Since Thursday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has added almost a thousand new COVID-19 cases to the county’s total, which is now 14,059. 

The highest single-day case records include Jan. 12 with 319 positive tests, Jan. 10 with 318, Jan. 18 with 305 and Jan. 11 with 253, according to NCDHHS. 

In the last week, Columbus County has seen 2,632 cases per 100,000 residents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s the highest case rate the county has ever seen since the beginning of the pandemic. 

The CDC states that no COVID-19 related deaths have occurred in Columbus County in the last week. Columbus County Health Director Kim Smith said on Jan. 10 that the county had experienced a total of 238 COVID-19 related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. 

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Approximately 55.5% of county residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 43.1% are fully vaccinated and 24.5% are boosted, according to the CDC. 

Schools

Since Jan. 18, Whiteville City Schools has seen 91 COVID-19 cases and 69 quarantines, according to Superintendent Marc Whichard Monday morning. These included:

  • Whiteville Primary: seven positive staff, one staff quarantine, 10 positive students and 20 student quarantines
  • Edgewood Elementary: six positive staff, one staff quarantine, eight positive students and 10 student quarantines
  • Central Middle: two positive staff, two staff quarantines, 17 positive students and 10 student quarantines
  • Whiteville High: seven positive staff, six staff quarantines, 31 positive students and 15 student quarantines
  • North Whiteville: one staff quarantine, two positive students and three student quarantines
  • Central Services: one positive staff

“Our numbers are gradually showing improvement,” Whichard said. 

Between Jan. 10 and Jan. 18, 124 students and staff at WCS tested positive and 123 were quarantined. 

The latest case count on the website of Classical Charter School of Whiteville was 25 on Jan. 18. The school updates active cases on Tuesdays. Thomas Academy students are to remain in virtual instruction through Friday, according to an online update.

Columbus County Schools had 20 new cases and five people quarantined since Thursday morning, according to a spreadsheet released Monday afternoon. That is down from 59 cases and 17 quarantines in a two-day period last week.

Columbus Christian Academy did not provide case or quarantine counts by presstime Monday.

–Diana Matthews contributed to this reporting. 

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