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Posted on: April 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Press Release Sixth Death 4/19/2020



For Immediate Release

April 19, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Reports Sixth Death

Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health is reporting the sixth COVID-19 associated death in Burke County. The individual in their late 80’s was hospitalized and later died from complications associated with his underlying medical conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patient will be released.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of this individual”, said Burke County Health Director Rebecca McLeod. “ As our efforts continue to fight this virus, we hope that all persons will continue to take the social distancing and all other preventive measures seriously.” “We want to minimize the number of deaths by protecting at risk persons with underlying health conditions.”

For general questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Burke County Public Information line at 828-764-9388 or visit the COVID-19 webpage at

For help in getting community resources, or in volunteering, please contact Melissa Estep, Burke County Volunteer Coordinator, at 828-764-9383 or at


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