The number of new COVID-19 cases in Lee County spiked in the week since Sept. 28, with 106 new confirmations – up from 65 the week prior and 42 the week before – bringing the total number of residents who have tested positive to 1,746.
It was the largest number of new cases in a week since Aug. 3, when the county reported 132 new cases.
The number of active cases – which was at 87 on Sept. 21 and 114 on Sept. 28 – increased to 178. There have been 15 laboratory confirmed COVID deaths in Lee County since the first case was reported in March.
The county doesn’t release information about individual cases, although the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID dashboard has some demographic information.
Other metrics also show an increase in the past week. The rolling seven day average for new cases was 12.85, up from 8.43 last week and 5.6 the week before, and the percent positive rate is 4.7, up from four percent last week.
The Lee County Health Department will hold community testing events at 106 Hillcrest Drive every Tuesday through October from 9 to 11 a.m. by appointment only. To make an appointment, call (984) 368-2112 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sanford has one of the highest case counts per 10,000 people in the state. Higher than Wake and Mecklenburg. Every day in the store I work in I see at least 50 people with no masks and even more not covering their noses. It’s upsetting to see such ignorance and selfishness. I have received total negativity when I ask someone to pull up their mask. I have heard numerous times people say that the virus will disappear when the election is over…..the rising cases and death toll say otherwise.
Please people please…use your brain.
“The virus will disappear when the election is over”?? …THIS type of thinking is why we continue to have a problem!
Cases do not matter when the deaths keeping going down. 15 total deaths in the whole county. I am more scared of the people with totalitarian aspirations, aka corona karens, than I am of the virus.
Go to the nc dept of health website for your info don’t get it from these people fear mongering with fake info. All cases are trending down across the state. Also the survivability of covid is 99.6 per the cdc also go to their website.
I guess the deaths of 15 people in our town is okay as long as it isn’t someone you care about.
You are obviously talking politics.
High risk people have to work and shop for food.
I guess at this point if you don’t get it you never will.
I pray for number 16 and his or her family
Do you pray for all the people who have lost their jobs because people like you are playing politics with the virus? Way more people have been damaged by Cowardly Coopers lockdowns than the 15 unfortunate souls that lost their life to this virus. My father lived through the era of polio which was way worse and they never shutdown. Way to lie about the increasing number of deaths. Since you could not back that up you go to the emotional argument, always the last refuge of rhetorical losers.
They are plenty of ways to keep people safe who have preexisting conditions or other problems that exclude them from being able to go out. Does not give politicians and the media carte blanche to fear monger and distort statistics to achieve their goals. I guarantee you of the republicans were pro lockdown the left in this country would have been crying tyrant like they have for the past four years. If you do not have an economy you have no money, if you have no money you cannot take care of the sick and vulnerable. Simple economics.
Latino for Trump- you appear to be a bully and your oversimplification of a complex issue is distorted and full of untruths.
Voting for Biden because our country needs to heal and have intelligent caring leadership
Amen to that. I look forward to the day when we all look after each other with simple acts of respect and kindness.
Spread LOVE by wearing a mask.
As soon as someone speaks some truth using actual facts instead of feelings the lefties can’t handle it. People like you are a problem and are the real bullies who try to shame anyone who speaks even an ounce of truth to democrat power. None of you have been able to provide a fact supporting your argument just emotional ad hominem attacks. By the way the who just came out and say the lockdowns are doing more damage than helping. You like the masks because they represent a muzzle. Exactly what you would want to do to your opponents. Live free or die!
Thank you for proving my point.
Ummm your not very smart are you?
Thank you Rant editors for showing us that you are in the tank for the left with your grammar police snark. I remember when you emailed me last year trying to get information about who I was. I looked up information on who you were an saw that one of your main editors is a hack for the DNC.
LOL “hack for the DNC.”
There is nothing wrong with you having a life size cut out of Hillary Clinton in your bedroom, just own it. That is why Americans trust the media even less than congress because the bias for the left is so obvious but you guys keep pretending your neutral. People have atrocious grammar and spelling in their comments all over this site but yet you picked out mine out of all them. It is not because you were so concerned about correcting my typo it is because you lurk in your own paper’s comment section and look for stuff that doesn’t fit your ideological view points. It’s ok own your blatant hackers. Here’s an idea change your paper’s name to the The Slant, and embrace your slanted news coverage. Heck you could even type of an article about Cal Cunningham being bullied by the mean ol’ republicans. Can’t a guy just have multiple affairs during a campaign and not be bothered about it? So mean.
I dunno, I’ve been clear about my work history in our publication and on our podcast. I’m not ashamed of it, I just ask that it’s represented accurately. Since I don’t know who you are but you seem to know who I am it’s a little difficult to even engage. But I’m not too worried about it. I can’t even tell how many usernames you’ve had here. My email is in our publication each month. Feel free.
Fair response. I will still read your paper as I have for several years now. Despite my feelings I do think local news is important. In fact I see a paper like this as a counter balance to big media hyperbole. Just remember that you have a broad audience that is looking for some truth and objectivity in an era when it is so very hard to find it in publications.
Dear Rant… Thank You for that breath of fresh air……..