Centers for Disease Control

COVID-19 update: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 451 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 deaths connected to the virus on Monday.

The percent positive rate was 11.5 percent.

As of 4:52 p.m. Aug. 17, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.: 105,905 (+451 new cases since Sunday)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 12,853 (+31)
Negative tests in S.C.: 790,424
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 2,185 (+20)

Source: Department of Health and Environmental Control, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation


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State and federal health officials strongly recommend the following public health precautions to keep you safe:

What else you can do

  • Communicate with your peers. Let them know electronically and by social media that you take the virus seriously and encourage them to follow the precautions listed above.
  • Share scientific information. As businesses reopen, people may get a false sense that everything is back to normal. Let them know it isn’t by sharing resources with them.
  • Don’t let down your guard. There’s a reason more people are getting infected. It’s because they’re not being as careful as they once were and are coming into more contact with others. Be vigilant.
  • Urge state officials to require masks in public. Contact your state and local elected officials to urge them to stave a second wave of the disease by requiring masks in public.

Coronavirus health resources

Here is a list of state and national resources that can help you make sense of the dangers and threats of the highly infectious novel coronavirus: