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)
State and federal health officials strongly recommend the following public health precautions to keep you safe:
- Wear a cloth mask when in public. It should cover your mouth and nose. Don’t take it from us, here’s the CDC on… Why you should wear a mask and How to wear a mask.
- Maintain social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from others at all times, particularly in public or in enclosed spaces.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap.
- Monitor your symptoms. Symptoms can appear two days to two weeks after exposure. What to watch for (CDC) | Watch for these symptoms (DHEC)
- Disinfect high-touch surfaces daily. Cleaning recommendations.
- Stay at home if you’re sick. If you’re worried or think you might be sick, stay at home.
- Get tested. If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, get tested. DHEC has a list of sites statewide where you can be tested.
- If you think you’re sick, contact your health care provider. Related: List of virtual telehealth virtual care providers in South Carolina
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:
- How to protect yourself (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- What to do if you are sick (CDC)
- Find lots of COVID-19 data about South Carolina (DHEC)
- Daily monitoring worksheet for you and your family (DHEC)
- Where you can get a COVID-19 test (DHEC)