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Posted on: February 17, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Press Release 2/17/2021

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

February 17, 2021

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Reports One Hundred Thirty-seventh Death

Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health was notified and is reporting the one hundred thirty-seventh COVID-19 related death in Burke County. The individual in their 70’s was hospitalized but later died from COVID-19 medical complications. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patients will be released.

“We want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this individual”, said Burke County Health Director Rebecca McLeod. “The health of our residents is a top priority of Public Health and its partners. We continue to fight this battle with COVID-19 and plead with our residents to keep up the preventive measures with the 3 W’s to help slow the spread of this virus. 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. And call to schedule your vaccination appointment if you are within the priority group currently being vaccinated.”

For general questions or more information about COVID-19, you can contact the Burke County Public Information line at 828-764-9150 or visit the COVID-19 webpage at www.burkenc.org/COVID-19.

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