Tue Mar 2, 2021

Seven more Columbus residents die from COVID-19 [free read]

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Columbus County added seven COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total to 141 on Monday, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. These individuals died on Feb. 10 (which had two deaths), Feb. 12, Feb. 14 (which had two), Feb. 16 and Feb. 17. 

The county also now has a total of 5,716 COVID-19 cases, with 41 on Feb. 8, 38 on Feb. 9, 23 on Feb. 10, 31 on Feb. 11, six on Feb. 12, seven on Feb. 13, nine on Feb. 14, 17 on Feb. 15, 30 on Feb. 16, 17 on Feb. 17, 18 on Feb. 18, six on Feb. 19 and three on Feb. 20, according to NCDHHS, which states these numbers are subject to change. 

NCDHHS also showed stable numbers for the latest outbreaks at Liberty Commons (84 cases and 10 deaths), Shoreland (23 cases and two deaths) and Deerfield Residential (four cases). 

In addition, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety reported 10 (16 fewer than Thursday) active cases and 158 recoveries at Columbus Correctional Institution, along with three (same as Thursday) active cases and 507 recoveries at Tabor Correctional Institution. 

Whiteville women to miss basketball playoffs

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Whiteville High School Athletic Director Todd Burney confirmed Monday morning that, due to COVID-19 quarantines, the school’s women’s basketball team would be unable to compete at Southwest Onslow High School in the first round of the NCHSAA 2A basketball playoffs.

On Monday morning, nurses were still looking into who needed to quarantine, as several team members had already had COVID-19, according to Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Marc Whichard. “What [the nurses] are going to need to do is determine if [the teammates] still have their antibodies and do not need to quarantine,” he said. “Those numbers haven’t been confirmed yet.”

Whichard said he would release a final calculation of basketball quarantines on Thursday, as his Monday update did not include these numbers.

City school system has 17 other quarantines

Whiteville City Schools has seen two positive cases and at least 17 quarantines since Thursday, according to Whichard. There were one student quarantined at Edgewood Elementary; four staff quarantines and 10 student quarantines at Central Middle; and one staff case, one student case, one staff quarantine and one student quarantine at Whiteville High.

Columbus County Schools had one new positive case: a student at Williams Township School, spokesperson Kelly Jones said Monday.

Columbus Charter School, Thomas Academy and Columbus Christian Academy all reported no new cases Monday morning.  

Vaccine delays

Columbus Regional Healthcare System had to reschedule approximately 120 people’s vaccinations last week due to weather delays, according to spokesperson Stephanie Miller. “We have not received last week’s doses yet,” she said Monday morning. “As soon as we know when they’re coming, we will call everyone and reschedule.”

CRHS also announced that it would expand its vaccination efforts to include anyone who works in childcare or schools. The hotline, at 910-642-1554, will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

The hospital had not received its weekly allotment of doses as of Monday morning, according to Miller.

The Columbus County Health Department has also not received its allotment of second doses, which usually arrives on the prior Wednesday, as of noon on Monday, according to spokesperson Daniel Buck. It is expecting a shipment Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning. 

Buck stated that the health department has a “significant portion” of the second doses needed for Tuesday. “If the doses arrive today or first thing tomorrow, we should be okay,” he said. 

Buck added that there is a couple of days of leeway for second doses after 28 days post-first dose. “No need for anyone to panic,” he said. 

Zip codes

Clarendon has become the second highest percentage in the county of residents who have had COVID-19, according to NCDHHS data. Approximately 208 individuals have tested positive, or 12% of its population, and three have died. 

Tabor City remains the most impacted Zip code in the county, with 1,414 residents testing positive, or 14%, and 33 dying.

All other county Zip codes have a percent positive of 7-10% since the beginning of the pandemic, according to NCDHHS. Fair Bluff is at 7%; Bolton, Delco, Evergreen, Hallsboro and Lake Waccamaw are at 8%; Cerro Gordo, Riegelwood and Whiteville are at 9%; and Chadbourn and Nakina are at 10%.

On average, deaths range from two to eight. Bolton and Cerro Gordo have the least at two; Chadbourn, Delco, Clarendon, Evergreen, Hallsboro and Nakina have three; Riegelwood has five; Fair Bluff has seven; and Lake Waccamaw has eight. 

Whiteville has had the highest number of deaths at 49, with Tabor City close behind at 33. 

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