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Columbus County, NC – Columbus County is reporting the ninth COVID-19 associated death. The individual passed away on April 29 in a nearby hospital. The individual was one of the previously identified positive cases in Columbus County. To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about this individual will be released. We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to all of the individuals’ family and friends in this very difficult time. 

Columbus County has 38 new cases of COVID-19 to report today. Our current total number of COVID-19 cases stands at 141. Twenty-seven of the new cases are connected to congregate living facilities in Columbus County, three of the new cases are connected with known positive cases, four are connected to the large family gathering referenced in previous releases, two are connected to community transmission, and two cases are still under investigation. 

The Columbus County Health Department will be releasing an update on COVID-19 recoveries next week. For more information about COVID-19 cases in congregate living facilities please see the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website. The Columbus County Health Department has also received notice from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services that they will begin releasing the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by zip code (if the population is more than 500) later this week – we will release more information about this change in the coming days. The Columbus County Health Department will continue to provide daily COVID-19 updates. 

With the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continuing to rise in Columbus County, we are BEGGING the public to take the necessary measures to stop the transmission of COVID-19. The Columbus County Health Department would like to remind everyone of the recommended measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which are: 

  • Social distancing (e.g. avoiding crowds, self-quarantining, no mass gatherings, only going out in public when necessary) 
  • Wearing a mask or face covering when in public places 
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds each time 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, throw it away, and then wash your hands 
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose 

Public Health continues to work with our health and safety partners in the community to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to provide daily updates. The Columbus County Health Department regularly updates our Facebook page with accurate and current information regarding COVID-19 and Columbus County. For more information regarding, prevention, symptoms, reputable sources, and other important information please see our previous COVID-19 updates and press releases at Facebook.com/columbuscountyhealth. For information, you can also reach the Columbus County Health Department’s COVID-19 Call Center by calling 910-640-6615 ext. 7045 or 7046. The call center hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

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