Fifty-nine men and women in Lee County have died from COVID-19 complications, the most recent reported on Wednesday. The individual — no name or age was released — was hospitalized at Central Carolina Hospital at the time of their death.

The victim is the 15th to die of COVID-19 in Lee County since Jan. 1. Currently, there are five people hospitalized at CCH battling the virus.

Nearly 4,000 people (3,843) in the United States died of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The county is encouraging citizens to wear a mask when in public settings and to maintain social distancing.

 The Health Department is currently registering individuals for the COVID-19 vaccine in Group 1 and Group 2 of the NCDHHS vaccine rollout plan that was updated on Jan. 14. This includes essential health care workers fighting COVID-19, long-term care facility staff and residents, and adults age 65 and older. The complete NCDHHS rollout plan may be found at

To register for the vaccine with the Lee County Health Department, call (919) 352-3360 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..  The two phone numbers previously used for registrations will be reassigned; phone calls to these numbers will be directed to call (919) 352-3360.

Due to high call volume, you may need to call multiple times to reach a staff member to initiate registration. The Health Department has also added a pre-registration form available online at

For additional information about COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, call the Lee County Health Department at (919) 718-4640.