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Posted on: September 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Press Release 9/22/2020



For Immediate Release

September 22, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Reports Two Additional Deaths

Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health was notified today and is reporting the forty-second and forty-third deaths. Both deaths were COVID-19 related and both died from COVID-19 related complications. The forty-second death was an individual in their 90’s not hospitalized, and the forty-third death was an individual in their 80’s and was hospitalized before dying. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patients will be released.

“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends of these individuals.” said Burke County Health Director Rebecca McLeod. It continues to be imperative that residents follow the 3 W’s recommendations, Wear, a cloth face covering when out in public or in any gathering inside or outside 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 don’t have access to soap and water. It may keep you from getting sick, but more importantly it could also save someone else’s life.”

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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