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Coronavirus Updates

Posted on: December 23, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Burke County News Release12/23/2020



For Immediate Release

December 23, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Reports Seventy-seventh Death

Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health was notified and is reporting the seventy-seventh death in Burke County. The individual in their 80’s was hospitalized and later died from COVID-19 related complications. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patients will be released.

“We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of this individual”, said Burke County Health Director Rebecca McLeod. These losses serve as a terrible reminder that 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 and Christmas is upon us. It is a time that is generally spent with extended families and enjoying parties, but we are earnestly asking that everyone please make your family Christmas very small and be outdoors if you can and stay away from others as much as possible.

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.

Please, please if you have tested positive or have been tested that you STAY AT HOME and do not go visit others. We continue this battle on all fronts and plead with our residents to keep up the preventive measures with the 3 W’s to help slow the spread of this virus.”

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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