Two more Lee County residents died as a result of COVID-19 complications, the Lee County Health Department reported today. Reports of the 21st and 22nd deaths in the county since May come on the same day the department announced 43 new positive cases since Thursday.

A total of 2,153 people in the county have tested positive for COVID-19 this year, and according to the health department, 242 of those cases are currently active.

“Today we offer our condolences to two families who have suffered the most recent losses from COVID-19,” said Health Director Heath Cain. “While new cases of COVID-19 continue to grow, we hope that we are able to stem the tide of new deaths associated with the virus. Please help with these efforts by following recommended guidelines that are known to help slow the spread of coronavirus — wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands.”

Daily updates of COVID-19 cases and demographic data specific to Lee County and statewide are available on N.C. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Dashboard found at

The rolling seven-day average for new cases in Lee County is 14 and the percent positive tests is 9 percent.

The Health Department will hold community testing events at 106 Hillcrest Drive every Tuesday through November from 9 to 11 a.m. by appointment only. To make an appointment, call (984) 368-2112 Monday through Friday from 9 – 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Lee County continues to provide a COVID-19 Information Hotline at (919) 352-3360; the hotline is available Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM.