Mon Dec 6, 2021

State adds one COVID-19 death to Columbus total [free read]


The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported that a Columbus Countian died from COVID-19 complications Oct. 16, raising the total to 222.

In addition, the county saw 26 cases on Oct. 11, eight on Oct. 12, zero on Oct. 13, 25 on Oct. 14, eight on Oct. 15 (one of which was a reinfection), eight on Oct. 16, three on Oct. 17, 28 on Oct. 18 (one of which was a reinfection) and six on Oct. 19 (one of which was a reinfection), according to NCDHHS, which states that these numbers are subject to change. 

The total case count for Columbus County is now 9,989.

On Tuesday, NCDHHS declared the latest outbreak at Tabor Commons with eight cases “over.” The latest outbreak increased by one case to 13 positives at Shoreland. The other outbreaks remained stable with 19 cases at Liberty Commons and 17 cases at Premier Living. 

In addition, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety reported 11 active cases (up from five on Monday) and 145 recoveries at Columbus Correctional Institution, along with three active cases (same as Monday) and 417 recoveries at Tabor Correctional Institution.

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Approximately 44% — or 24,384 residents — have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to NCDHHS. Approximately 41% are fully vaccinated.


Whiteville City Schools saw a bump in COVID-19 cases since Monday, according to Superintendent Marc Whichard Thursday morning. These include one positive student and two student quarantines at Whiteville Primary, one positive student and one student quarantine at Edgewood Elementary, one student quarantine at Central Middle and one positive student and two student quarantines at Whiteville High.

Columbus County Schools spokesman Kelly Jones reported Thursday that there had been one positive case and one quarantine at Nakina Middle; there were also one positive case at East Columbus High, one positive at South Columbus High and two positives at Williams Township School.

Classical Charter School of Whiteville’s website showed two active cases Tuesday. One was associated with the third grade and one with the fifth. These were cases diagnosed within a 10-day period; the fifth-grade case may have been the same one reported a week earlier. 

Thomas Academy had no new cases or quarantines since Monday, spokesperson Shanita Ward said Thursday morning. Columbus Christian Academy also had no new cases or quarantines since Monday, Principal Jennifer Noble said Thursday morning. 


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