New COVID-19 cases in Lee County have taken a sharp downturn in comparison to recent prior weeks, according to numbers issued by the Lee County Health Department on Monday.

Local government reported that 41 new cases were reported between Aug. 10 and Monday, which is down from 72 during the seven day period immediately prior, and 132 new cases during the week before that. Additionally, the number of active cases in Lee County stood at 137 as of Monday afternoon. That number is down significantly from 269 two weeks ago and 244 one week ago.

1175 people in Lee County have recovered from cases of COVID-19. Eleven people in Lee County have died from the virus, with the most recent death occurring on Aug. 3.

The Lee County Health Department doesn’t provide additional information about patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in accordance with federal health privacy laws, but some demographic information is available from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID dashboard.

COVID drive-thru testing events are scheduled for Aug. 19 and Aug. 25 from 1 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. County officials strongly encourage pre-registration by calling (919) 542-4991 (ext. 1015 for English and ext. 1016 for Spanish).