HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS SIXTY-SEVENTH COUNTY COVID-19 DEATH

LEE COUNTY, NC – February 19, 2021 – The Lee County Government (LCG) Health Department reports a county resident has died of COVID-19 related complications.  This raises the total number of COVID-19 deaths confirmed in Lee County to 67 since the first case was reported in March 2020.  No additional information will be provided to protect the privacy of the families.

“I am saddened to report another county COVID-19 death today,” said Heath Cain, Director of the Lee County Health Department.  “Please keep the family and friends of the individual in your thoughts and prayers and join us in offering our sincere condolences for the loss of their loved one.  We are reminded that even as the number of new cases identified declines, COVID-19 remains a serious public health threat that requires the community maintain health and safety measures to help slow the spread of the virus.  The Health Department continues to support COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and vaccinations; and we ask that people remain vigilant and continue following the three W’s - Wear a face mask when in public, Wait six feet or more away from others, and Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.”

The Health Department is currently registering individuals for the COVID-19 vaccine in Groups 1 and 2 of the NCDHHS vaccine rollout plan that includes essential healthcare workers, long-term care facility staff and residents, and adults age 65 and older, as well as teachers and childcare workers who become eligible to receive the vaccine on February 24th.  The county will begin registering other individuals in Group 3 starting on March 10th.  The current NCDHHS rollout plan may be found at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines.

To register for the vaccine with the Lee County Health Department, the public may call 919-352-3360 Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM; to speak to someone in Spanish, please call 919-718-4640, option 8.  Due to high call volume, individuals may need to call multiple times to reach a staff member to initiate registration.  Alternatively, the public may complete a pre-registration form available online at leecountync.gov/covid19.  Individuals that submit a pre-registration form AND are currently eligible to receive the vaccine may expect to receive a call from the Health Department within five to seven business days to complete the registration process and receive information about the next available vaccine clinic.   Vaccine supply remains extremely limited.  Individuals registering for the vaccine may have to wait up to several weeks to receive their first dose. 

Testing and contact tracing remain important in the fight against COVID-19.  If you are not feeling well, please stay home and away from others.  Contact your primary care physician who can help assess your symptoms and provide guidance on testing.  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.

For additional information about COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, please 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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