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Coronavirus Updates

Posted on: March 15, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Media Briefing 3/15/2021

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2021

COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing

COVID-19 Information Contacts

Public Information Line: 828-764-9150

Website: www.burkenc.org/COVID-19

Burke County’s Response to COVID-19

• Burke County is currently at 9579 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

• 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.

Everyone 65+ interested in scheduling an appointment will need to call the Community Call Center at 358-4454 and keep calling until you get through to make an appointment.

On March 17, the State is opening to part of Group 4 priority. Those eligible will be adults (16-64 years old) at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness (high risk medical conditions, people experiencing homelessness, and incarcerated people who have not been vaccinated) that can begin to register and schedule their vaccine appointments. The rest of Group 4, which includes other essential workers will become eligible April 7th. You can check the priority Group 4 definitions located on the Burke County COVID-19 webpage at www.burkenc.org/COVID-19

We are asking that everyone please be patient and understand that everyone who wishes to receive a vaccine will eventually get one, but it will not happen in a couple weeks. There is more demand for the vaccine than there is supply to anywhere in the State or nation.

Even though you receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you will still need to practice the 3 W’s prevention for a while until more people receive the vaccine.

We appreciate your patience as we try to vaccinate those eligible and interested as fast as possible.

To find out more information about the State’s COVID-19 vaccination schedule please visit the Burke County COVID-19 webpage at www.burkenc.org/COVID-19

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