After a period in which growth in new COVID cases dropped significantly, Lee County reported nearly 100 new cases being confirmed over the past week, and the number of active cases rose from 128 to 166.

96 new cases were confirmed between July 20 and July 27, according to a press release from local government, bringing the total number of local patients who have tested positive to 1078. Of those cases, 903 have recovered.

That is more than double the number of cases that were confirmed between July 13 and July 20, although a large number – 64 – have recovered from the disease in the same time period.

Lee County government doesn’t release information about individual patients in accordance with federal privacy regulations, but the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID dashboard continues to show a disproportionately high level of cases – 64 percent as of Tuesday morning – in Hispanic residents.

There have been nine COVID deaths in Lee County.

New cases (weekly) in Lee County in recent weeks: 

  • June 17-24: 110
  • June 25-30: 53
  • July 1-6: 55
  • July 6-13: 68
  • July 13-20: 46
  • July 20-27: 96