County records 52nd death from COVID-19

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The Columbus County Health Department listed 1,271 confirmed cases of the virus in Columbus County Monday, with one additional death. That person died Sept. 14 in an area hospital, according to Monday’s report, bring the total to 53. 

Three county residents are currently hospitalized.

Dr. Deanne Meadows of the county system said a staff member at Tabor City Elementary tested positive, but students and school personnel did not require quarantine. Dr. Marc Whichard of the Whiteville City Schools said one staff member each at Whiteville Primary and Central Middle have tested positive, but no quarantines were required in either case.

Columbus County releases COVID-19 data on Monday and Thursday of each week. Recoveries are also included in the Thursday report. As of Sept. 10, the last day when full numbers were available, 967 of the total 1,224 cases reported at that point had recovered.

Statewide, 186,887 positive cases have been reported statewide, with more than 2.65 million tests completed, and 916 patients in hospitals.

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