LEE COUNTY, NC – May 10, 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 78 since the first case was reported in March 2020.  No additional information will be provided to protect the privacy of the families.

“We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the individual who passed away and ask you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” said Heath Cain, Director of the Lee County Health Department.  “The public is reminded that even as we ease restrictions related to COVID-19, the virus remains a threat to public health and safety.  Please continue following the guidance of the CDC to help slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and if you have not already been vaccinated, please get vaccinated.” 

Vaccinations remain the strongest defense against the virus and everyone who is eligible is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.  The Lee County Health Department is now accepting registrations for the COVID-19 vaccine for all groups; this means any individual age 16+ eligible to register and receive the vaccine. 

To register for the COVID-19 vaccine, individuals may call (919) 842-5744 or to register in Spanish, (919) 718-4640 option 8.  Calls will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM.  There is also an online pre-registration form available at  Once a form is submitted, staff will follow-up to complete the registration process.  Upon registering, individuals will be scheduled for the next county COVID-19 drive-thru clinic with availability.

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

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

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