Seventeen new cases of the Coronavirus have been confirmed locally, Lee County government announced Monday afternoon, with the total now standing at 205.
The number of people who had recovered remained at 39 Monday, but the rate of growth appears to have possibly slowed somewhat for the first time, with seven new cases on Saturday, five on Sunday and five on Monday. From April 22 through May 1, there was only one day when the number of new cases wasn’t in the double digits. Additionally, the doubling rate went from every four or five days to every seven days for the first time since early April, although it’s probably too early to know if that is a trend or a one time occurrence.
Lee County has had one confirmed COVID-related death.
Information about patients is not released, but WRAL has reported in multiple places that the Lee was a county with a food processing plant that had experienced an outbreak. The network also reported on conditions at the Pilgrim’s Pride chicken plant in Cumnock.
The county’s Health Department has also begun offering a small amount of additional information – age range and gender – about patients with positive tests
Because demographic data is reported on a 24 hour delay, Monday’s cases are not included in the count. But of the 200 cases reported through Sunday, 59 percent were female and 41 percent were male.
There were 36 cases between the ages of 0 and 24, 84 between the ages of 25 and 44, 70 between the ages of 45 and 64, and 10 who were 65 and older.