After three consecutive weeks with new COVID 19 numbers in the 40s, Lee County reported 72 new cases in the last seven days, as well as the county’s 74th COVID related death on Monday.

5,667 county residents have now tested positive for COVID 19. Identifying details about patients are not released in accordance with federal health privacy laws. The individual who died, however, had been hospitalized at Central Carolina Hospital.

“Today’s announcement is a reminder that while we are making great strides in the fight against COVID-19, this remains a serious illness that threatens public health and safety,” said Lee County Health Director Heath Cain. “Please join us in offering our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the individual and keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Monday’s announced death is the first in Lee County since Feb. 26, when county government reported six deaths in a single day.

Meanwhile, vaccinations are now open to all Lee County residents 18 or older, and 16 or older for the Pfizer vaccine.

To register for the COVID-19 vaccine, individuals may call (919) 842-5744 or to register in Spanish, (919) 718-4640 option 8. Calls will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 PM. There is also an online pre-registration form available at Once a form is submitted, staff will be in contact within five business days to complete the registration process.