Editor SHARON MCBRAYER
COVID-19 has claimed another Burke County resident and 16 new cases of the virus were reported on Monday.
Burke County Health said it had been notified of the 163rd death related to COVID-19. The department said the person was in their 60s and had been hospitalized but later died of medical complications from COVID-19.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must report another COVID death. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of this individual, ”said Burke County Director of Health Rebecca McLeod. “Getting vaccinated is only one tool to use against this virus, but it is still very important to maintain preventive measures with the 3 W to help slow the spread of this virus. We always encourage as many residents as possible to consider taking the safe and effective vaccines available to help prevent further virus spikes in our community. We continue to ask residents to stay home when they are sick with COVID-like symptoms and not to visit family, friends, events, etc. to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 and other infections.
The health department also reported a total of 10,258 cases of the virus on Monday, up from 10,242 cases on Friday.
Burke County’s COVID-19 dashboard on Monday showed 224 active cases with six people currently hospitalized.
The Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge COVID-19 dashboard showed five people hospitalized on Monday, including one in the intensive care unit. It also showed 12 people in the hospital’s COVID-19 virtual hospital.