LEE COUNTY, NC – January 11, 2021 – Lee County Government (LCG) Health Department confirmed a total of 4,112 residents have tested positive for COVID-19.  This represents an increase of 394 cases since the department’s last report on Monday, January 4th.  At this time, the county reports 45 deaths attributed to COVID-19.  No additional information about individual cases will be shared by the Lee County Health Department in order to maintain patient privacy.

Based on data available on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Dashboard (covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/cases), the current seven-day rolling average of new cases in Lee County is 58 and the percent positive tests is 18.1%.   Lee County also has a red rating on the state’s COVID-19 County Alert System (covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/county-alert-system) that indicates critical community spread of the virus in our community.

The Health 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.

The Health Department has two dedicated phone lines for vaccine registration – (919) 721-4769 and (984) 368-2112.  The lines are open Monday through Friday 8 AM – 12 PM and 1 PM – 5 PM.  Due to high call volume, individuals may need to call more than once to reach department staff that will initiate registration. 

Individuals in Phase 1B – Groups 2 and 3, Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4 are not eligible to register at this time and will be asked to wait.  The Health Department will release information when registration is expanded to the next groups.  For a complete description of the rollout plan include a description of the rollout phases and eligibility, please visit covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines.

To help prevent and stop the spread of COVID-19, the public is reminded to follow the three W’s – Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth; Wait six feet or more away from others to maintain a safe social distance; and Wash your hands and clean surfaces thoroughly and frequently.  Individuals that are feeling sick are reminded to please stay home and away from others.  If your symptoms worsen, call your primary care physician who is able to help assess your symptoms and provide additional guidance. 

If you do not have a primary care physician and you believe you may have COVID-19, you may find a testing location using the NCDHHS resource at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/testing/find-my-testing-place.   Individuals that test positive are reminded that they should isolate at home until they can answer “yes” to the following three questions:

  1. Has it been at least 10 days since your symptoms started?
  2. Has it been 24 hours since you last had fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications?
  3. Have your symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath, improved?

For additional information and questions, please contact Jamie Brown with Lee County Government at (919) 718-4605 or jbrown@leecountync.gov.

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