New COVID-19 cases in Lee County climbed slightly during the past week, but are still down significantly from the first two weeks of August.

Fifty two new cases were confirmed in Lee County between Aug. 17 and Monday, according to a press release from Lee County government. The week prior, county government reported 41 new cases after consecutive weeks in which 72 and 132 new cases were reported.

Although new cases climbed slightly, active cases actually decreased to 109. That number is down from 137 last week and from 269 during the first week of August.

Lee County has had 11 COVID-related deaths. Information about patients is not released in accordance with federal health privacy laws.

According to the press release, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID dashboard shows “the rolling seven-day average for new cases in Lee County is seven and the percent positive tests is 8 percent.”

A drive-thru COVID testing event is set for 1 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged by calling (919) 542-4991 ext. 1015 for English or 1016 for Spanish.