Lee County Government on Monday reported 78 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of people who have tested positive locally to 1,824. Additionally, the county reported that a 16th resident died from complications related to the virus.

Details about individuals who have tested positive are not disclosed, but the state Department of Health and Human Services COVID dashboard does provide some demographic data.

“First and foremost, I offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of the individual who has passed away; this is a difficult time and I ask the community to keep the family in your thoughts and prayers,” said Lee County Health Director Heath Cain. “We know this virus will impact people differently but this is a reminder that the community needs to remain cautious and observe recommended guidelines to help protect our friends, family and neighbors who may be more susceptible or likely to experience severe symptoms of COVID-19.”

The increase in cases was not as large as the week prior, when 106 new cases were confirmed, but was still larger than the 40-to-60 range that had been common throughout August and September. The number of active cases also jumped from 178 to 227 over the same time period.

Other key metrics were all up from the week prior. According to the county, the rolling seven-day average for new cases in Lee County is 14.29 – up from 12.85 last week and 8.43 the week before – and the percent positive tests is 6.5 – up from 4.7 last week.

The 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, please call (984) 368-2112 Monday through Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.