Thu Jun 30, 2022

Four more COVID-19 deaths in Columbus [free read]

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Columbus County has four more COVID-19 related deaths than previously reported, according to the county health department.

Patti Nance, nursing director of the Columbus County Health Department, told the Board of Health on Wednesday that the county’s total number of deaths was 266. 

The North Carolina Health and Human Services dashboard on Thursday showed 262 deaths with the latest one on Feb. 14. 

In addition, Nance said that the county has had a total of 16,609 cases and 15,782 recoveries since the beginning of the pandemic. 

The NCDHHS dashboard shows a total of 15,694 cases.

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On Wednesday, the percentage of COVID-19 tests coming back positive was 13.3%, which was less than Tuesday’s percentage of 14% and Jan. 1’s percentage of 36.4%, according to Nance. 

Currently, 549 residents are under isolation (due to testing positive), and 1,098 are under quarantine (due to exposure to a positive person), according to Nance. 

Nance added that 2,504 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 after receiving their vaccines. 

The health department is also giving free home tests for COVID-19, according to Health Director Kim Smith. 

Approximately 46% of Columbus County residents have received their first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 43% have received their second doses, according to Nance. 

The NCDHHS dashboard also shows that 46% have received at least one dose, and 42% have received second doses.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s dashboard shows that 56.5% of county residents have received at least their first doses, 44.1% are fully vaccinated and 26.9% of the fully vaccinated — or 6,576 residents — are boosted.

Nance said Wednesday that 9,863 individuals have received booster shots. 

Overall, the health department has given 12,712 vaccine doses, according to Nance. 

Smith said that the health department recently placed an order for Pfizer vaccines for children aged 5–11 and for Moderna vaccines for adults. She added that the number of vaccines administered each week “has really slowed down.”

Schools

Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Marc Whichard on Jan. 10 said he would only provide updates on new cases and quarantines once a week on Mondays. Heather Pigott, student services director of Columbus County Schools, made the same announcement this week.

Thomas Academy Principal Cathy Gantz said her school had no new cases as of Thursday morning. 

Classical Charter School of Whiteville did not provide an update Thursday by presstime and no longer posts case counts weekly on its website. 

Columbus Christian Academy had two new cases, Principal Jennifer Noble said Thursday morning.

 

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