LEE COUNTY, NC – January 11, 2021 – The Lee County Government (LCG) Health Department reports a county resident has died as a result of COVID-19 related complications.  This is the forty-fifth COVID-19 death confirmed in Lee County since the first case was reported in March. No additional information will be provided to protect the privacy of the family.    

“Please join us in offering our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the individual who has passed away from COVID-19 as reported today,” said Heath Cain, Director of the Lee County Health Department.  “Lee County continues to see troubling trends in the number of new cases of COVID-19.  We ask the public to continue following the guidance of health care professionals and follow the three W’s – Wear, Wait, and Wash - and if you are feeling sick, please stay home and away from others.”

Everyone should wear a face mask in public that covers your nose and mouth; wait six feet or more away from others; and wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.  Individuals are also reminded that if they are feeling sick, they should stay home and away from others.  Contact your health care provider for additional guidance about symptoms, testing, and treatment.  If you have had a known contact with someone infected with COVID-19, please limit your contact with others until you can be tested.

The Lee County Health Department has begun administering the COVID-19 vaccine in Lee County.  The department is currently registering individuals for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1A and Phase 1B-Group 1 of the state’s vaccine rollout plan.  This includes essential healthcare workers that have close contact with COVID-19 patients, healthcare workers administering the vaccine, long-term care facility staff and residents, and individuals aged 75 and older. If you are eligible to receive the vaccine under phase 1a or phase 1b – group 1, please call (919) 721-4769 or (984) 368-2112 Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 12 PM or 1 PM until 5 PM.

For more information about COVID-19 testing and vaccine registration, pleases call the Health Department at (919) 718-4640; media questions may be directed to Jamie Brown at (919) 718-4605 or jbrown@leecountync.gov.

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