COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 755 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, with 20 additional confirmed deaths.
With 6,158 on Sunday, the 12.3 percent of tests came back positive.
As of 4:45 p.m. Oct. 26, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.: 163,946 (+755)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 16,608 (+26)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,670,655
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,587 (+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. SCDHEC suggests that people who are out in the community, cannot social distance, or wear a mask get tested at least monthly.
- 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)