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Posted on: April 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Burke County News Release 4/4/20 First COVID-19 Related Death



For Immediate Release

April 4, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Sadly Reports First Death

Morganton, NC: Burke County Unified Command is deeply saddened to have to report and confirm Burke County’s first death associated with COVID-19. The individual had been hospitalized and died on Saturday, April 4 from complications associated with the virus. The patient was in her late 70’s with underlying medical conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patient will be released. Unfortunately, this serves as a real reminder of the dangerousness of this virus and the potential risk for those most vulnerable within our community.

Rebecca McLeod, Burke County Health Director stated, “We are deeply saddened, and our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this individual. We know that everyone that cared for this individual did everything they could, and we greatly appreciate their effort. As our county, state and US continues to fight this pandemic, we urge residents to continue to remain calm but diligent about continuing the strategies to help reduce the community spread of this virus.”

It is crucial that everyone remembers to abide by the Governor Cooper’s Stay At Home order, practice social distancing if you have to be out in public, wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds, if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. We can fight this virus together, but everyone must do their part.

“Again, we express our heartfelt sympathies to all those dealing with this loss and express encouragement to all those battling this infection and the caregivers by their side”, McLeod stated.

For general questions about COVID-19 you can contact the Burke County Public Information line at 828-764-9388 or visit the COVID-19 webpage at For help in getting community resources contact the Burke County volunteer coordinator at 828-764-9383 or at


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