For the first time since September, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services dashboard on Monday did not report any new COVID-19 related deaths in Columbus County since Thursday. The county’s total death count remains at 221.
The county also saw 12 cases on Oct. 4, 10 on Oct. 5, zero on Oct. 6, 13 on Oct. 7 (one of which was a reinfection), nine on Oct. 8, five on Oct. 9, two on Oct. 10, 26 on Oct. 11, eight on Oct. 12, 12 on Oct. 13, zero on Oct. 14, five on Oct. 15 (one of which was a reinfection) and one on Oct. 16, according to NCDHHS, which states these numbers are subject to change.
The total case count is now 9,939.
In addition, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety reported five active cases (up from three on Oct. 7) and 144 recoveries at Columbus Correctional Institution, along with three active cases (up from one on Oct. 7) and 420 recoveries at Tabor Correctional Institution.
Approximately 44% — or 24,322 residents — have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to NCDHHS. Approximately 41% are fully vaccinated.
On Friday, the DREAM Center is hosting a vaccine clinic with Moderna and Pfizer. First dose recipients will also get $100 gift cards. The clinic will take place 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at 403 S. MLK Jr. Ave., Whiteville.
Schools report only one case since Thursday
Columbus County Schools reported one new case at West Columbus High and one quarantine at Acme Delco Elementary since Thursday, spokesman Kelly Jones said Monday morning.
Classical Charter School of Whiteville will update its case information online Tuesday.
Thomas Academy had no new cases or quarantines Monday morning, Principal George Ward III reported.
Columbus Christian Academy Principal Jennifer Noble said her school also had no new cases or quarantines Monday morning.
Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Marc Whichard also said that there had been no new cases or quarantines Monday morning.