Courtesy MUSC

COVID-19 update: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 704 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths connected to the virus on Wednesday.

The percent positive rate was 16.8 percent.

As of 5:03 p.m. Aug. 19, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control: Confirmed cases in S.C.: 107,274 (+704 new cases since Tuesday)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 12,992 (+102)
Negative tests in S.C.: 799,171
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 2,248 (+45)

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