LEE COUNTY, NC – February 15, 2021 – Lee County Government (LCG) Health Department confirmed a total of 5,212 residents have tested positive for COVID-19.  This represents an increase of 162 cases since the department’s last report on Monday, February 8th.  At this time, the county reports 66 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.

The Health Department reminds individuals that are feeling sick to stay home and away from others until you can be tested for COVID-19.  Individuals that test positive are reminded that they should isolate at home until they can answer “yes” to the following three questions: has it been at least 10 days since your symptoms started; has it been 24 hours since you last had fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications; and have your symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath, improved?

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.  

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.

The Health Department continues to register individuals for the COVID-19 vaccine eligible under Groups 1 and 2 of the NCDHHS vaccine rollout plan.  This includes healthcare workers that have direct contact with patients, staff and residents of long-term care facilities, and adults aged 65 and older. The department is also registering K-12 educators and childcare workers who are eligible to receive the vaccine beginning February 24th.  All others in Group 3 (frontline essential workers) must wait until March 10th to register.  Individuals not eligible under these criteria will not be registered for the vaccine at this time. For a complete description of the state’s rollout plan including a description of the rollout phases and eligibility, please visit covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines

The Health Department has opened a temporary call center for vaccine registrations in Lee County.  Individuals currently eligible to register may call (919) 352-3360 Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM.  Due to high call volume, individuals may need to call more than once to reach department staff.  To register and speak with a staff member in Spanish, please call (919) 718-4640 and select option 8.  Eligible individuals may also choose to complete a pre-registration form online at leecountync.gov/covid19; Health Department staff will contact those that pre-register within five to seven business days to complete the registration process and provide information for the next available vaccine clinic. 

The county will hold a 2nd Dose COVID-19 drive-thru vaccination clinic at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford on Tuesday, February 16th.  All scheduled participants for the February 16th clinic received an automated phone call reminder to confirm participation and assigned time for arrival.  Please remember to bring your vaccine record card!  

For additional information about COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, call the Lee County Health Department at (919) 718-4640; media questions may be directed to Jamie Brown with Lee County Government at (919) 718-4605 or jbrown@leecountync.gov.

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