More than 60 people in Columbus County received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccines since Monday, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday.
Approximately 24,934 residents — or 45% of the total county population — have received at least one dose, according to NCDHHS. Approximately 23,094 — or 42% — are fully vaccinated.
The number of fully vaccinated individuals is likely to grow in the upcoming weeks, since Columbus County Schools is hosting vaccine clinics for second doses.
Upcoming clinics at 3–6:30 p.m. include:
- Dec. 6: Williams Township School, Whiteville
- Dec. 8: Acme Delco School, Riegelwood
- Dec. 9: East Columbus Jr./Sr. High School, Lake Waccamaw
- West Columbus High School, Cerro Gordo
Columbus County now has a total of 10,315 COVID-19 cases, according to NCDHHS. The total death count remains at 230.
The latest outbreak at Liberty Commons increased by one case to a total of 26 cases, with 15 staff members and 11 residents testing positive, according to NCDHHS.
In addition, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety reported eight active cases (one more than last week) and 160 recoveries at Columbus Correctional Institution, along with two active cases (same as last week) and 400 recoveries at Tabor Correctional Institution.