September 2, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing
Burke County’s Response to COVID-19
• Burke County is currently at 2068 positive cases. These are cumulative cases for the county. If you want to see a breakdown of the cases please go visit the https://www.burkenc.org/dashboard webpage. The dashboard is updated late in the evening every day.
• Para español llame al 764-9150 y presione el número dos. Si nadie contesta deje un corto mensaje con su nombre y numero de teléfono.
Update from Burke County Health Department:
If you are calling just to make an appoint for COVID-19 testing, please call 828-764-9150.
Please remember that all residents who are tested for COVID-19 are to STAY AT HOME until their test results come back.
Please remember: All residents are required to wear a face covering inside and outside when you cannot physically distance yourself more than 6 feet away from others. Public Health would ask that you follow the Executive Order.
The Labor Day holiday is just around the corner and we know that getting together for this holiday has been part of the holiday and tradition. Public Health needs people to be aware of the risks of having parties and getting together in large groups (more than 10 indoors and more than 25 outdoors) which is where a large portion of our close contact cases have been coming from over the last month or so. We encourage residents not to gather in groups on or at the lake, people’s houses for cookouts and parties unless you can stay away from each other, wear a face covering and wash your hands frequently. These activities could cause another spike in cases within the county.
If you have any further questions or need additional information, contact the Burke County Public Information Line at 828-764-9168, Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm. After hours, weekends and holidays, please leave a message and your call will be answered as soon as staff returns. Or you can also visit the Burke County COVID-19 webpage at www.burkenc.org/COVID-19.