The Columbus County Health Department reported the second COVID-19 death in one week, along with 37 new cases. The individual passed away on Sunday in the hospital.
The county saw one additional case on Thursday, 13 on Friday, four on Saturday, four on Sunday and 15 on Monday, according to the health department. The total is now 1,529 with 10 hospitalizations and 59 deaths.
One staff member at Premier Living and Rehab died, according to NCDHHS data released on Friday. NCDHHS did not provide information about the staff member’s county of residence or any additional details about the death. The total number of cases at the facility is three, with two staff and one resident.
The Columbus County Detention Center has one less positive case with two staff members and four detainees, according to NCDHHS. On Oct. 6, there were three staffers.
The health department reported approximately 1,218 recoveries on Thursday.
Two positives at school
There were no new positive tests to report from Columbus County Schools, according to a Monday morning report from spokesperson Kelly Jones.
Marc Whichard, superintendent of Whiteville City Schools, said Monday morning that one adult at Whiteville Primary School and one student at Edgewood Elementary had tested positive for COVID-19. “No additional measures of quarantine have been necessary,” Whichard said.
Columbus Charter School is on fall break and did not have an update Monday.
Thomas Academy Principal George Ward said there were no new cases among the charter school’s students or staff. The school is in its second week of all-remote instruction as a result of contact between some students and one staff member at Boys and Girls Homes who later tested positive. No new quarantines have been put in place, Ward said, and the academy will return to face-to-face instruction Oct. 19.
Jennifer Noble, principal of Columbus Christian Academy, said that there were no cases of the coronavirus among staff or students at the school. Masks are encouraged but not required, she said, and otherwise precautions are similar to those in public schools: temperature checks upon arrival, “constant sanitizing,” social distancing, frequent outdoors time and homeroom classes staying together throughout the day, including for lunch. — Reporting by Ivey Schofield and Diana Matthews.