A fourth Lee County resident has died from COVID-19, the Lee County Health Department reported Thursday.
The individual, who was not named in line with federal privacy laws, had been hospitalized at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford.
“I am sorry to have to report another death from COVID-19 in Lee County,” said Lee County Health Director Heath Cain said in a press release. “Please keep the family and friends of this individual in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve the loss of their loved one. Today’s announcement is a reminder that COVID-19 is a serious illness that poses a real risk to public health and safety. As restrictions ease across the state, I hope people continue to be vigilant in their efforts to help slow the spread of the virus.”
CCH officials notified county government of the death on Wednesday evening. According to CCH, there are currently five hospitalizations associated with COVID-19. As of the county’s last announcement, 386 people in Lee County had tested positive for COVID-19. 235 have recovered.