Daily COVID-19 updates: 1,952 new cases, what you can do to get tested and protect yourself as businesses reopen 

The latest numbers, guidelines, and essential info

COVID-19 update: The state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced the second-highest single-day total on Sunday with 1,952 new confirmed coronavirus cases along with 10 deaths. The state is also reporting the first confirmed death of a child from COVID-19 infection and the highest-yet percent positive rate at 22.3 percent.

In Charleston County, 282 new cases were confirmed on Sunday.

As of 3:40 p.m. July 12, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Positive tests in S.C.: 56,485 (+1,952 new positive cases since July 9)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 7,552 (+282)
Negative tests in S.C.: 466,011
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 950 (+10)

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

CURRENT GUIDELINES

How to protect yourself and your family

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:

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