Lee County reported its 25th COVID death on Friday, marking the fifth such death in two weeks.

“Sadly, we have another death in Lee County due to COVID-19,” said Lee County Health Director Heath Cain. “Please keep the family and friends of the individual in your thoughts and prayers as we offer our condolences for the loss of their loved one. COVID-19 remains a serious threat to public health and safety. Please continue to follow recommendations from the CDC and NCDHHS to help keep you and your family, friends and neighbors safe and healthy.”

Details about the patient were not released to protect the family’s privacy.

New case growth in Lee County has slowed somewhat in the last week, with the health department confirming 52 residents having tested positive since Monday – significantly down from 82 the week prior and 119 the week before that – and key metrics like percent positive rate, active cases and rolling seven day averages all declining.

Lee County has been releasing reports on new COVID cases each Thursday. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID dashboard shows the county having 2,257 cases – up 13 from the most recent report.