Thu Jun 30, 2022

County’s new COVID-19 cases slowing but three more people die [Free Read]

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Columbus County Health Director Kim Smith released new COVID-19 statistics Wednesday, announcing a new total of 269 COVID-19-related deaths in the county, an increase of three from last week. Patti Nance, Columbus County Health Department Nursing Director, reported a total of 266 deaths to the board of health Feb. 23. 

Smith said she expected “changes to mask wearing on school buses,” based on recent state-level recommendations. She continued to recommend a “layered prevention strategy” of vaccines, testing, masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing.

The health department is now giving vaccines for ages 5 and up on Tuesdays and Fridays. Walk-ins are accepted, but people are asked to call 910-640-6615. Vaccines remain available at St. Mark AME Zion Church, 114 W. Virgil St., Whiteville, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday. According to the health department, pharmacies offering vaccines are McNeill, Baldwin Woods, Crossroads, Village Prescription Center, Koonce Drug, Dameron Drug, Medicine Mart, Walgreens, Walmart and CVS.

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