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Coronavirus Updates

Posted on: February 15, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Press Release 2/15/2021



For Immediate Release

February 15, 2021

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Reports Three Additional Deaths

Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health was notified and is reporting the one hundred thirty-fourth, one hundred thirty-fifth, and one hundred thirty-sixth COVID-19 related deaths in Burke County. The individuals: one in their 50’s, one in their 60’s and one in their 70’s were all hospitalized before they died. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patients will be released.

“We are so sorry to continue to report these deaths and want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family 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. It is still vitally important to continue to practice the preventive measures with the 3 W’s to help slow the spread of this virus, but it is important to remember that even if you receive the COVID-19 vaccine that you will still need to practice the 3 W’s because the population vaccinated is still very low. We continue to ask 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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