For Immediate Release
February 24, 2021
Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director
Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer
Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director
Burke County Reports Two Additional Deaths
Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health was notified and is reporting the one hundred thirty-ninth and one hundred fortieth COVID-19 related and associated deaths in Burke County. The individual in their 70’s was hospitalized but later died from COVID-19 medical complications and the other individual in their 70’s was not hospitalized but later died from their underlying medical conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patients will be released.
“We want to 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. Getting vaccinated is only one tool to use against this virus but it is still very important to keep up the preventive measures with the 3 W’s to help slow the spread of this virus. We are still 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 www.burkenc.org/COVID-19.