On the same day the Lee County Government announced it was suspending new COVID-19 vaccine registrations because of limited supply, the county announced just 40 new virus cases in the past week on Monday.

The new number is a sharp decline from last week’s 146 reported cases and from the previous weeks that all eclipsed the 100 mark. The news comes as more and more people are getting vaccinated, both locally and nationally. The demand is so high in Lee County, the health department says it currently has vaccine supply for those who have already registered, but new requests for the shots will be put on hold indefinitely.

Also today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 that it is safe to gather indoors in small groups without precautions (still adhering to masking and distancing for now) with other vaccinated individuals. Nationally, nearly 60 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 31 million have been fully vaccinated.

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