This week the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services added two COVID-19 related deaths that occurred Oct. 3 and Oct. 9, raising Columbus County’s total to 221.
The county saw four cases on Oct. 1, three on Oct. 2, zero on Oct. 3, 12 on Oct. 4, 10 on Oct. 5, eight on Oct. 6, 13 on Oct. 7 (one of which was a reinfection), nine on Oct. 8, zero on Oct. 9, one on Oct. 10 and 13 on Oct. 11, according to NCDHHS, which states that these numbers are subject to change.
The county total for cases is now 9,871.
NCDHHS also reports that three residents at Premier Living have died from COVID-19. Tabor Commons’ latest outbreak also increased by one case, while the total number of cases remained the same at Shoreland and Liberty Commons.
Approximately 44% of Columbus County is at least partially vaccinated, and 40% is fully vaccinated, according to NCDHHS.
Columbus County Schools had two new cases since Monday, spokesman Kelly Jones said Thursday morning. One was at South Columbus High and the other at Tabor City Elementary.
Whiteville City Schools has had no new cases or quarantines since Monday, according to Superintendent Marc Whichard Thursday morning.
Classical Charter School of Whiteville updated its COVID-19 reporting website Tuesday to show three active cases associated with the first, fifth and sixth grades. These reflected positive tests identified within a 10-day period.
Thomas Academy had no new cases or school-related quarantines since Monday, spokesperson Shanita Ward said Thursday morning.
Columbus Christian Academy also had no new cases or school-related quarantines, Principal Jennifer Noble said Thursday morning.