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Posted on: April 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Press Release 4/8/2021



For Immediate Release

April 8, 2021

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Reports One Hundred Forty-ninth Death

Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health was notified and is reporting the one hundred forty-ninth COVID-19 related death in Burke County. The individual in their 70’s was hospitalized but later died from COVID-19 medical complications. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patient 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. “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 encouraging as many residents as possible to consider taking the vaccine to help prevent any further spikes of the virus within our community. 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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