Two additional COVID-19 deaths reported

Rapid testing will be available by appointment Friday at the Health Department in Whiteville.

Both victims were hospitalized, according to the Columbus County Health Department.

Another two COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Columbus County, along with 22 more active cases. Daniel Buck of the Health Department said the most recent deaths occurred July 30 and July 31, and both individuals were hospitalized.

The current number of COVID-19 cases in Columbus is 837, with 46 deaths and eight hospitalized. Both of the most recent deaths involved residents of Lake Waccamaw.

Columbus County provides pandemic data on Monday and Thursday of each week.

Statewide, North Carolina has seen 126,532 lab confirmed cases since the pandemic began in March. More than 1.8 million tests have been completed, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The number of tests and hospitalizations is slowly trending downward, after a spike July 30.

COVID-19 cases is divided by ZIP codes. State numbers show most of the deaths have occurred in congregant living facilities, and family gatherings have played a major role in spreading the virus.

Around the region, Bladen County confirmed an outbreak at a childcare facility over the weekend, one of the first of its kind in the area.

As of Monday afternoon (today), Hallsboro had 32 cases and one death; Lake Waccamaw 42 and five; Nakina 19 and two; Brunswick, none; Bolton, 34 and zero; Tabor City 204 and 12; Cerro Gordo 25 and one; Clarendon 25 and two; Chadbourn 105 and six; Clarkton 48 and zero; Whiteville 233 and 13; Evergreen 19 and zero; Delco 23 and zero; and Riegelwood 50 and zero.


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