September 11, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing
Burke County’s Response to COVID-19
• Burke County is currently at 2154 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.
Special Statement from Burke County Health Department:
With the recent clusters in universities, the State has received numerous questions about how to determine the residency of students who are no longer living on campus. According to national guidelines, cases should be assigned to the county where the patient resides most of the time. For full-time students, this would be the county in which they are living to attend school, even if they had not been living there long before disease outbreak.
When local health departments have patients living on/off campus in another county but who recently moved home because classes have been moved online, then local health departments have to share the case with the county in which they were attending school.
With that State explanation and for Burke County numbers to be as accurate as possible, there are twelve (12) students from colleges and universities across North Carolina who have been assigned back to the county where they attend school.
Burke County numbers have been adjusted today to reflect the change in the cases. Staff cleaned up two duplicates where individuals gave different names or post office boxes in Burke County, but they live in another county. So, the numbers are different today, but we are trying to assure that the most accurate numbers are given to the public.
This is one reason it is extremely important to give correct names and addresses when getting tested.
If you are calling just to make an appointment 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.
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.