LEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS THIRD POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19

LEE COUNTY, NC – March 31, 2020 – The Lee County Government (LCG) Health Department has confirmed a third Lee County resident has tested positive for COVID-19.  The Lee County Health Department received notification from Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford of the positive test on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  To maintain patient privacy, no additional information about the individual will be shared by the LCG Health Department.

The Health Department will work closely with hospital staff to monitor the individual who has tested positive and perform the contact tracing process.  Individuals identified as having had close contact with the patient will be notified by healthcare professionals and provided additional guidance.  Close contact is defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an individual who has been within six feet of the patient for ten (10) minutes or more.

LCG continues to urge residents to follow recommendations provided by the CDC that 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.

Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 121 that directs the public to stay at home except for essential activities; the order became effective on Monday, March 30th at 5 PM.  LCG encourages everyone to follow the guidance and directives outlined in the “Stay-At-Home” order and to limit activities to those deemed essential to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, which is known to be highly contagious.

If you are not feeling well, call your primary care physician who is able to assess your symptoms and provide guidance.  If you have additional questions or concerns, the county has established a Lee County COVID-19 Information Hotline at (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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