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Coronavirus Updates

Posted on: June 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Press Release 6/17/2020



For Immediate Release

June 17, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Reports Nineteenth Death

Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health was notified late yesterday of the nineteenth COVID-19 associated death in Burke County. The individual in their 70’s was hospitalized but died from complications associated with their underlying medical condition. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patients will be released.

“We want to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this individual”, said Burke County Health Director Rebecca McLeod. This infection continues to spread within our community and has the potential to cause fatal results to anyone infected with this infection.”

The cases of community spread continue to rise within the county. Remember to practice the 3 W’s at all times: Wear, a cloth face covering when out in public 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 do not have access to soap and water. It is also imperative for those testing positive to STAY AT HOME.

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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