Lee County Government reported 53 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since Saturday, bringing the total number of patients who have tested positive to 806.

Twenty four of the cases were confirmed on Saturday, 21 were confirmed on Sunday, and eight on Monday. The number of patients who had recovered now stands at 567. There have been eight laboratory confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Lee County. The number of patients who are currently hospitalized was not released.

The county did not update its demographic data – age range and gender – with Monday’s announcement, instead pointing to the state Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Dashboard. Interestingly, that site shows a different number – 821 – than the number announced by the county. The site also shows a staggering 70 percent of cases in which ethnicity is known (there are 219 missing) to be among Hispanic residents. Thirty eight percent, or three, of the eight deaths, however, were recorded in Hispanic residents.

Also, the Lee County Health Department announced on Monday that two additional COVID-19 drive-thru community testing events July 7 and July 28 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. The events will run from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To pre-register, residents can call (919) 542-4991 ext. 1015 for English or 1016 for Spanish. Calls will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Calls will not be accepted on July 3 or July 4.