Seventy COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Lee County on Saturday, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human services dashboard.
It was Lee County’s largest number of cases reported in a single day, far outpacing the previous high of 25 confirmed on May 28. The total number of Lee County residents who have tested positive now stands at 698, with 485 having recovered. There have been seven laboratory-confirmed COVID deaths in Lee County.
The state’s dashboard is updated every day, but The Rant has largely relied on numbers provided by local government every Monday, Wednesday and Friday due to occasional discrepancies with the state’s reporting.
Lee County Government Spokeswoman Jamie Brown said she couldn’t confirm the exact number of new cases confirmed on Saturday, but indicated the local health department had received information from the state and that the count “will be in this vicinity.”
“The high number is directly related to the testing event held last week,” she said.
The county’s next report will come on Monday. Only a small amount demographic information – age range and gender – of those who have tested positive is disclosed. The information is reported on a 24 hour delay, so the 75 new cases announced Friday and Saturday are not included below.
But of the 623 cases reported through Thursday, 54 percent were female and 46 percent were male. There were 128 cases in people under 24, 243 between 25 and 44, 202 between 45 and 64, and 50 who were 65 or older.