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Coronavirus Updates

Posted on: January 5, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Press Release 1/5/2021



For Immediate Release

January 5, 2021

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Reports Four Additional Deaths

Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health was notified and is reporting deaths numbering eighty-three, eighty-four, eighty-five and eighty-six in Burke County. All are COVID-19 related deaths with two hospitalized and two not hospitalized. Two individuals were in their 80’s, one was in their 50’s and one in their 100’s. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patients will be released.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these individuals”, said Burke County Health Director Rebecca McLeod. “The health of our residents is a top priority of Public Health and its partners. 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. With cases continuing to rise at a sharp rate, we are earnestly 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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