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Posted on: January 15, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Press Release 1/15/2021



For Immediate Release

January 15, 2021

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Reports One Hundred-second Death

Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health was notified and is reporting a COVID-19 associated death in Burke County. The individual in their 70’s was not hospitalized but later died from their underlying medical conditions. 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. “The health of our residents is a top priority of Public Health and its partners. We continue this battle on all fronts and plead with our residents to keep up the preventive measures with the 3 W’s to help slow the spread of this virus. With cases continuing to rise at a sharp rate, we are earnestly asking residents to please stay at home when they are sick with any symptoms and not visit family, friends, events, etc. to reduce the chance of passing COVID-19 and other infections.”

For general questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Burke County Public Information line at 828-764-9150 or visit the COVID-19 webpage at


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