LEE COUNTY, NC – April 12, 2020 – Lee County Government (LCG) Health Department confirmed three additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sunday, April 12, 2020 bringing the total number of cases in the county to twelve (12).  To maintain patient privacy, no additional information about the individuals will be shared by the LCG Health Department.

Heath Cain, LCG Health Department Director shared the following statement after confirming the new cases:  

“The Lee County Health Department is committed to protecting the public health and safety of all county residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The department understands the public interest in learning more about the positive cases in Lee County, but the department has a responsibility to maintain and protect patient privacy. Public interest stems from the desire to protect one’s self from the virus and the belief that knowing more details about individual cases will help people avoid trouble spots in the county.  But the reality is that COVID-19 is widespread in North Carolina so every public spot is a potential trouble spot.  Venturing outside of your home, even for essential activities, means you are increasing your risk for contracting and spreading COVID-19 in our community.  We are past the stage where avoiding known cases keeps us safe.  While it remains a good idea to avoid individuals we know are sick, the fact remains that every person you come in contact with has the possibility of transmitting the virus.  You may feel more secure if you are able to know you have not visited the same areas as someone who is sick but the truth is that the virus may be anywhere in the community.  When you go out in public, you are at risk.  This is the hard truth that people must accept - the virus is widespread, it may be anywhere, anyone you come in contact with may be infected and the only way to avoid the virus is to stay home and away from others.  Please follow the state’s stay-at-home order, doing so will help keep you healthy and it will help save lives.  Social distancing, wearing face masks, washing your hands – these activities will help but the only sure way to avoid the virus is to stay home and away from others.  These are challenging times but by following the recommendations of healthcare professionals, our community will face this challenge and get through this together.” 

Lee County currently has twelve residents that have tested positive for COVID-19.  Positive cases are monitored by the Health Department and they remain in home quarantine until the health department confirms them as recovered.  Of the twelve cases confirmed in Lee County, one individual is recovered and has resumed normal activities and eleven cases continue to be monitored.  At this time, there have been no deaths reported in Lee County attributed to COVID-19.

The public is encouraged to continue following the guidelines and recommendations provided by the CDC to help prevent and slow the spread of Coronavirus in the community.  This includes updated recommendations that individuals should wear a face mask or cloth face covering when out in public.  Individuals should also remember to clean and disinfect surfaces thoroughly, wash hands frequently, avoid touching your face with your hands, and maintain safe social distancing protocols of six feet or more when outside of your home.

County residents are reminded that COVID-19 is widespread throughout North Carolina.  The North Carolina Stay-At-Home order is in place to protect the community by helping slow the spread of the virus.  While leaving your house is allowed for essential activities, the recommendation from county, state, and federal health and government professionals is to stay at home and limit contact with others unless you must perform essential services or obtain essential supplies.  These actions will help slow the spread of the virus and help save lives.

If you are sick and experiencing symptoms, please stay home and away from others.  Please call your primary care physician who is best able to help assess your symptoms and provide additional guidance.  If you continue to have health related questions or concerns, you may contact the Lee County Health Department at (919) 718-4640.  If you are experiencing a medical emergency, dial 9-1-1.

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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