Health Director Kim Smith said Monday morning that Columbus County had 738 active COVID-19 cases and those patients were ordered to isolate themselves. About another 1,800 people were under quarantine orders due to contact with infected people, she said.
The county had seen a total of 8,850 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic reached the area.
Smith said Columbus County Health Department had verified 177 COVID-19 deaths and was still investigating another recent one Monday morning.
“Since July 15,” Smith said, “we’ve only had three deaths of vaccinated people.”
The other 20 people in Columbus County who have died during that time were unvaccinated.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services website showed only 171 deaths in the county by Monday. NCDHHS also said the county had seen 8,436 COVID-19 cases through Wednesday, Aug. 25.
NCDHHS numbers are subject to change and lag behind CCHD numbers.
The state agency’s records show 66 positive tests on Aug. 19, 64 cases Aug. 20, 35 on Aug. 21, zero on Aug. 22, 125 on Aug. 23, 84 on Aug. 24 and 17 on Aug. 25. That is 391 cases in seven days.
Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Marc Whichard updated active cases and quarantines in the schools Monday morning. He emphasized that not all the cases were new; some had been included in his Aug. 26 report.
Whichard said at Whiteville Primary School there were 10 positive students, 28 quarantined students and one quarantined staff member; at Edgewood Elementary School there were two positive students and 14 quarantined students; at Central Middle School, six positive students, 27 quarantined students and three quarantined staff; at North Whiteville Academy, one positive student and two quarantined students; and at Whiteville High School there were seven positive students, two positive staff, 18 quarantined students and two quarantined staff.
Columbus County Schools spokesman Kelly Jones said Monday that the school system had identified 39 new cases since Thursday. There were 29 new quarantines due to contact within the school system. School counts were: Acme-Delco Elementary, one positive and one associated quarantine; Cerro Gordo Elementary, one case and no quarantines; East Columbus Jr.-Sr. High, one case and no quarantines; Evergreen Elementary, two cases and no quarantines; Hallsboro-Artesia Elementary, one case and no quarantines; Nakina Middle, one case and no quarantines; Old Dock Elementary, one case and no quarantines; South Columbus High, 26 cases and 27 quarantines; Columbus Career and College Academy, two cases and one quarantine; Tabor City Elementary, one case and no quarantines; West Columbus High, one case and no quarantines; and central offices, one case and no quarantines.
South Columbus High School students began a week of all-virtual instruction yesterday. (See story page 1A)
Jennifer Noble, principal of Columbus Christian Academy, reported Monday morning that, “We had a total of three cases. In an abundance of caution, our PreK through fifth grades are remaining home this week. They will return to campus on Sept. 7.”
Classical Charter Schools of Whiteville reports positive cases each Tuesday, after presstime. [Update: The school reported Tuesday, Aug. 31, that three people were isolated due to active COVID-19 cases identified within the past 10 days.]
Thomas Academy, the charter school on the grounds of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, will resume classes Sept. 7.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety reported one active case and 140 recoveries at Columbus Correctional Institution, along with three active cases and 423 recoveries at Tabor Correctional Institution by Monday morning.
Approximately 21,601 Columbus Countians — or 39% — have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to NCDHHS.