Thursday was Lee County’s second consecutive day with 16 new confirmed Coronavirus cases, an announcement that brought the county’s total to 80.
Lee County Government announced the cases in an email Thursday afternoon; as of this writing the press release had not been posted to the county’s website.
The number of patients who have recovered and resumed normal activity remained at seven. The remaining 73 cases are under observation. There have been no COVID-19 deaths reported in Lee County.
Wednesday’s report also included a small amount of additional information about patients with positive tests. Before Wednesday, the county had declined to provide any information about patients, citing federal health privacy laws. But with Wednesday’s announcement, officials decided to begin reporting age range and gender for patients and said they had declined to do so earlier “due to the low number of cases.”
Because demographic data is reported on a 24 hour delay, Thursday’s cases are not included in the count. But of the 64 cases reported through Wednesday, 66 percent were female and 34 percent were male.
There were eight cases between the ages of 0 and 24, 29 between the ages of 25 and 44, 24 between the ages of 45 and 64, and three who were 65 and older.
Additionally, the department said that if an employer or other facility publicly discloses cases, they may be able to respond to some questions “but only to the extent of what has already been shared publicly” and also said that it has been working with employers to ensure they’re up to date on recommendations and guidelines for employee safety.