CRHS emergency tent

Columbus Regional Healthcare System has again erected a tent in front of the emergency department, but there was no announcement by Thursday of how it would be used. Staff photo by Justin Smith

Just two months ago, Columbus Regional Healthcare System was admitting one or two patients a week due to COVID-19 infection. Now, with cases surging due to the more transmissible delta variant, the Whiteville hospital now has 26 COVID-19 patients and expects this number to climb even higher. 

“The first time, it was a slow burn,” said Jason Beck, chief operating officer. “Now, it’s just every time you turn around there are more people coming into the emergency department.”