July 16, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing
Burke County’s Response to COVID-19
• Burke County is currently at 1288 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 High Country Community Health:
High Country will be hosting a first come, first serve COVID-19 drive thru testing clinic on Saturday, July 18 from 2pm – 5pm at 301 East Meeting Street, Morganton especially for the Spanish speaking community. Please make sure to stay in your car for the testing. For more information contact El Centro de Trabajadores: Bacilio – 828-432-5080 or Gregoria – 828-604-0016.
Update from Burke County Health Department:
It is important for all residents to know that if you have been in close contact (which is defined as less than 6 feet away from someone COVID-19 positive for more than 10 minutes without a face covering) then it is better to wait 4 to 7 days from exposure before getting tested so the test results are more accurate. If you go to get tested too soon the test result could be inaccurate. If you have any further testing questions, don’t hesitate to contact 764-9168.
Pleases 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.
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.