The number of new COVID-19 cases in Columbus County remains relatively low, with eight cases on March 25, six on March 26, one on March 27, zero on March 28, nine on March 29 and one on March 30, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, which states these numbers are subject to change.
The county now has a total of 6,131 COVID-19 cases, according to NCDHHS. The total death count remains at 149.
NCDHHS records do not show any Columbus County outbreaks in congregate living facilities or clusters in child care facilities or schools.
In addition, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety reported zero active cases and 161 recoveries at Columbus Correctional Institution, along with three active cases and 487 recoveries at Tabor Correctional Institution.
Approximately 31 inmates at the Bladen County Detention Center have received a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a press release. The same, however, has not happened at the Columbus County Detention Center, according to Michele Tatum, spokesperson of the Columbus County Sheriff’s office, on Wednesday.
Some detention center employees have received a vaccine, but it is unclear how many. “We do not have a record of the number of employees that have received the COVID-19 vaccine, due to employees being vaccinated by their own medical providers on their own time,” Tatum said.
Columbus County Schools spokesman Kelly Jones reported one new case, a West Columbus High School student, by presstime Thursday. CCS students and staff are on break and will return Monday, April 12.
At that time, all CCS students will either attend in person daily or receive 100% virtual instruction. There will be no more alternating attendance plan.
Columbus Charter School did not provide an update by presstime Thursday.
Thomas Academy and Columbus Christian Academy both reported no cases. The two schools are now on break and will resume classes Monday, April 12. Whiteville City Schools did not provide COVID-19 case numbers nor quarantines by presstime.