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Posted on: March 19, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Media Briefing 3/19/2021

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COVID-19 Information Contacts

March 19, 2021 Public Information Line: 828-764-9150

COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing Website: www.burkenc.org/COVID-19

Burke County’s Response to COVID-19

• Burke County is currently at 9644 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.

On March 17, the State opened vaccines up 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.

If you want your concern and voices to be heard, then you will need to contact Governor Cooper at 919-716-6400 and Dr. Mandy Cohen at NC Department of Health and Human Services at 919-855-4820. They are the only ones that can help get more vaccine in to NC and Burke County.

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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