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COVID-19 cases decreasing in Columbus [free read]

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After a spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths that broke records in Columbus County, viral transmission is slowing, according to recent data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

The county saw 87 cases on Sept. 7, 38 on Sept. 8, 34 on Sept. 9, zero on Sept. 10, 10 on Sept. 11, 16 on Sept. 12, 57 on Sept. 13, zero on Sept. 14, 25 on Sept. 15, 28 on Sept. 16 and 11 on Sept. 17, according to NCDHHS, which states these numbers are subject to change. 

At its peak in August, Columbus County saw 129 positive tests in a single day, according to NCDHHS. 

The NCDHHS did not show any new COVID-19 related deaths Monday afternoon. The total remains at 199. 

In addition, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety reported zero active cases and 136 recoveries at Columbus Correctional Institution, along with three active cases and 431 recoveries at Tabor Correctional Institution. 

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Approximately 42% — or 23,249 residents — have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to NCDHHS. Approximately 37% are fully vaccinated.

Schools

Columbus County Schools had 13 new cases and four quarantines due to school exposure from Sept. 17–20, according to a spreadsheet released Monday morning. Classical Charter School of Whiteville publishes updates on its website weekly on Tuesdays. The next update will be Sept. 21.

Whiteville City Schools only had two new cases with two Whiteville Primary students testing positive since Thursday, according to Superintendent Marc Whichard Monday morning.

Columbus Christian Academy had no new cases or quarantines, Principal Jennifer Noble said Monday morning. 

Thomas Academy also had “all zeros,”  Principal George Ward III said Monday morning. 

— Diana Matthews contributed reporting

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