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Posted on: October 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Press Release 10/27/2020



For Immediate Release

October 27, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Reports Fifty-sixth and seventh Death Notices

Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health was notified and is reporting the fifty-sixth and fifty-seventh deaths in Burke County. The fifty-sixth individual in their 80’s was a COVID-19 related death and not hospitalized when they died from COVID-19 related complications. The fifty-seventh individual in their 60’s was a COVID-19 associated death and was not hospitalized when they died from their underlying medical conditions. To protect these families, no further information about the patients will be released.

“This continues to be a stark reminder that we need to be vigilant and compassionate about taking care of others and that includes practicing the 3 W’s all the time and staying home when you are sick so others don’t get COVID-19 and not be able to survive the infection. We want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of these individuals.” said Burke County Health Director Rebecca McLeod. It continues to be imperative that residents follow the 3 W’s recommendations, Wear, a cloth face covering when out in public or in any gathering inside or outside 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 don’t have access to soap and water. It could save someone’s life.”

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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