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Coronavirus Updates

Posted on: July 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Press Release 7/18/2020



For Immediate Release

July 18, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Reports Twenty-fourth Death

Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health was notified late yesterday of the twenty-fourth COVID-19 associated death in Burke County. The individual in their 70’s was hospitalized and died from underlying medical conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patients will be released.

“We are so sorry to report another COVID associated death and send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this individual”, said Burke County Health Director Rebecca McLeod. As this virus continues to spread within our community, we continue to encourage people to routinely practice the 3 W’s to reduce the spread of this infection.” Wear, a cloth face covering when out in public and cannot physically distance yourself from others, Wait at least six feet away from others and Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if you do not have access to soap and water. It is also imperative for those testing positive to STAY AT HOME until your isolation time has been completed.

For general questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Burke County Public Information line at 828-764-9168 or visit the COVID-19 webpage at


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