LEE COUNTY, NC – May 18, 2021 – On Monday, May 17, 2021 at 4 PM, Lee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kirk Smith signed a declaration terminating the COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency in Lee County.  The State of Emergency was enacted on March 16, 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The termination follows the lifting of most statewide pandemic restrictions by Governor Cooper, which resulted in part from revised CDC guidance; a steady decrease in the number of new cases and hospitalizations; and an increase in the number of individuals vaccinated across the state.  While the emergency declaration has been rescinded, the county urges residents and businesses to continue following COVID-19 guidance from the CDC and NCDHHS.  The virus is declining but has not been eradicated; therefore, exercising caution is encouraged.

As the county will no longer be under a state of emergency, the Lee County Health Department will cease providing a daily situation report, reports of COVID-19 deaths, and weekly COVID-19 case status updates.  Interested parties are encouraged to utilize the COVID-19 dashboard data available on the NCDHHS website at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard for up-to-date information on new cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and vaccinations in Lee County.

With the end of the emergency declaration, Lee County Government no longer requests visitors wear masks and socially distance while at our facilities, except where required under Executive Order 215 that includes but is not limited to the county jail and county health clinic; however, the county strongly encourages anyone unvaccinated to continue to do so as also recommended by the CDC and NCDHHS.  County departments and facilities continue to operate under their existing schedules and operational guidelines; changes to programs, services, and/or current operating hours will be reported as they occur. 

For additional information or questions, please contact the County Manager’s Office at (919) 718-4605.

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