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Daily COVID-19 updates: 1,175 new cases, the latest models and what you can do to get tested and protect yourself

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COVID-19 update: DHEC announced 1,175 new cases of COVID-19 and 45 deaths connected to the virus today. South Carolina has a total of 94,837 cases and 1,819 people have died since the start of the pandemic. As of yesterday, a total of 804,195 tests have been conducted in the state.

The percent of positive COVID-19 tests was 20.7 percent.

As of 2:26 p.m. Aug. 5, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.: 94,837 (+1,175 new cases since Tuesday)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 11,909 (+112)
Negative tests in S.C.: 679,738
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 1,819 (+45)


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


  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

  • DHEC


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:

  • DHEC

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