Forty new COVID cases were confirmed in Lee County since Thursday, and a 30th resident has died from the disease, local government announced Monday afternoon.

“We offer our condolences to the friends and family of the individual whose death was reported today; please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers,” said Lee County Health Director Heath Cain. “We continue to see cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 increase across North Carolina; please do your part to help slow the spread of this virus.”

The total number of residents who have tested positive now stands at 2,381, with 125 of those cases being considered active – down slightly from the 151 reported on Thursday. 2,226 people have recovered. Monday’s death was the tenth recorded since the start of November.

Identifying information about patients isn’t disclosed, but the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID dashboard does have some demographic information. According to the dashboard, the rolling seven day average for new cases jumped from 11.43 on Thursday to 14.29 on Monday, while the percent positive rate increased from 5.9 percent on Thursday to 7.8 percent on Monday.

The Health Department will hold community testing events at 106 Hillcrest Drive every Tuesday through December 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. by appointment only. To make an appointment, call (984) 368-2112 Monday through Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The county’s next update will come on Monday, Nov. 30 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.