LEE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS CONFIRM FIRST CASE OF COVID-19

LEE COUNTY, NC – March 20, 2020 – Lee County Government (LCG) officials have announced a Lee County resident has tested positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19.  This is the first confirmed positive for a Lee County resident.  The Lee County Health Department received notification of the positive test on Friday, March 20, 2020.  To protect privacy, no further information about the individual will be shared by the Lee County Health Department.

The Health Department will monitor the individual who has tested positive and will begin the contact tracing process and follow-up with anyone who is identified as a close contact as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The CDC defines “close contact” as anyone who has been within six feet for ten (10) minutes or more.

“We are not surprised to have our first case,” said Heath Cain, LCG Health Director.  “Like other communities in the state, we expect we will likely see more.  We urge the public to continue following recommended guidelines to limit their potential exposure and to slow the spread of the coronavirus in our community.”

Recommended guidelines by the CDC include:  washing your hands regularly for at least twenty (20) seconds, avoid touching your face, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect surfaces regularly, and stay at home and away from others if you become ill.  If you are feeling ill, call your physician’s office before visiting to see if your questions can be addressed over the phone.  These recommendations are especially important for individuals that are at high-risk of serious illness – this is , specifically anyone over 65 years old, pregnant women, or anyone who has an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system.

If you are not feeling well, stay home and call your primary care physician who can assess your symptoms and provide guidance. If you have additional questions or concerns, Lee County Government has established a Lee County COVID-19 Information Hotline; please call (919) 352-3360. 

For additional information and questions, please contact Jamie Brown, Community & Governmental Relations Manager at (919) 718-4605 or jbrown@leecountync.gov.

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