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Coronavirus Updates

Posted on: March 3, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Press Release 3/3/2021



For Immediate Release

March 3, 2021

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 and is reporting the one hundred forty-first and one hundred forty-second COVID-19 related deaths in Burke County. The individuals one in their 80’s and one in their 70’s were both hospitalized but later died from COVID-19 medical 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 these individuals”, 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. Getting vaccinated is only one tool to use against this virus but it is still very important to keep up the preventive measures with the 3 W’s to help slow the spread of this virus. We are still 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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