One additional death from COVID-19 has been reported in Columbus County, increasing the total to 52.
The Columbus County Health Department released its twice-weekly report today. Spokesman Daniel Buck said the latest patient to die passed away while hospitalized on Aug. 31.
The county reported 40 new cases with today’s report. On Aug. 31, 16 new cases were reported, with eight on Sept. 1, and 16 on Sept. 2. Seven residents are currently hospitalized.
The county has reported a total of 1,157 cases with 938 recoveries since the pandemic began in the spring. Approximately 167 active cases are currently being monitored in the county. More than 12,520 tests have been administered in Columbus County, according to the Health Department.
Columbus County reports COVID-19 data every Monday and Thursday.
Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday relaxed some parts of the state’s response plan, taking the state to Phase 2.5 effective Friday at 5 p.m.
Under the new level of response, playgrounds are open, museums may open at reduced capacity, and gyms and fitness centers may be open at 30 percent capacity. Children ages five and up are now required to wear a mask in public. Restaurants must cease serving alcohol at 11 p.m., and bars and entertainment venues will remain closed.
The county will not release any data Monday due to the Labor Day holiday, but will have its next report on Wednesday, Sept. 9.