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Posted on: October 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Press Release 10/16/2020



For Immediate Release

October 14, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Reports Fifty-first Death

Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health was notified and is reporting the fifty-first COVID-19 related death in Burke County. The individual in their 90’s was not hospitalized when they died from COVID-19 related complications. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patients will be released.

“We want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this individual.” 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 could save someone’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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