The Columbus County Health Department on Monday reported two more COVID-19 related deaths. The individuals passed away on Nov. 24 and Monday in the hospital.
The health department also reported 262 more COVID-19 cases since its last update Nov. 23, with 141 attributed to correctional facilities and long-term care facilities.
“After review, there have been 31 cases removed from our total number of cases because they were determined to be duplicates or transferred to other counties,” the press release stated.
The total is now 2,817 cases with 11 hospitalizations and 72 deaths. The last update on COVID-19 recoveries from the Columbus County Health Department was Nov. 19 with 1,168 residents.
In addition, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety reported 24 active COVID-19 cases and 39 recoveries at the Columbus Correctional Institution, meaning that one infected inmate recovered since Wednesday. Tabor Correctional Institution still has the highest number of cases in the state by at least 110 with 207 active (77 more than Wednesday) and 354 recoveries (52 more than Wednesday).
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services also had not updated its list of outbreaks since Wednesday when it reported 29 active cases at Liberty Commons.
In other news, the county health department will be hosting a second COVID-19 rapid test drive-thru on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Testing is free. To schedule an appointment, call 910-640-6615, ext. 7006 or 7007.
“It is critical for residents to understand that the community transmission of COVID-19 is widespread in Columbus County,” the press release stated, urging everyone to wash their hands, wait six feet and wear a mask.
Since last week, Columbus County Schools reported one new positive test on a staff member at Columbus Career and College Academy. No school contacts of the person have had to be quarantined, spokesman Kelly Jones said Monday morning.
In Whiteville, one student at Edgewood Elementary School and one Edgewood staff member had positive tests; the cases are not related, Superintendent Marc Whichard said. No school contacts of the child or adult have needed to be quarantined.
Principal George Ward III at Thomas Academy said conditions were “all clear. No problems” at the charter school in Lake Waccamaw.
Columbus Christian Academy had no new cases of COVID-19 since last week, according to Principal Jennifer Noble.
Columbus Charter School had nine people quarantined and three with positive tests, Headmaster Steve Smith said Monday morning. “Only one new positive (occurred) over the weekend,” he said.