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Posted on: May 25, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Burke County Press Release 5/24/2021



For Immediate Release

May 24, 2021

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Reports One Hundred Sixty-third Death

Morganton, NC: Burke County Public Health was notified and is reporting the one hundred sixty-third COVID-19 related death in Burke County. The individual was in their 60’s was hospitalized but later died from COVID-19 medical complications. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the patient will be released.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have to report another COVID death. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of this individual”, said Burke County Health Director Rebecca McLeod. “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 still encourage as many residents as possible to consider taking the safe and effective vaccines available to help prevent any further spikes of the virus within our community. We continue to ask residents to please stay at home when they are sick with any COVID like 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 To schedule an appointment for the COVID vaccine go to and find locations within Burke and surrounding counties to schedule your appointment. If you have trouble with scheduling or you do not have access to a computer, please contact the Burke County Health Department at 828-764-9150 and dial “0” to speak with the operator and they will assist you.


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