A 75th resident of Lee County has died from COVID-19, according to a press release from county government.

The death was reported at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Details about the patient were not released in accordance with federal health guidelines.

“Please keep the family and friends of the individual in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time and join us in offering our condolences for the loss of a loved one,” said Lee County Health Director Heath Cain. “This is a sad reminder that COVID-19 is a serious illness that causes a significant number of those infected to become seriously ill. We ask everyone to consider getting vaccinated to protect yourself against COVID-19.”

The Lee County Health Department is now accepting registrations for the COVID-19 vaccine from Groups 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the NCDHHS vaccine rollout plan at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines. This means any individual age 18 or older (16 and up for Pfizer) is eligible to register for the 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is also an online pre-registration form available at leecountync.gov/covid19. Once a form is submitted, staff will be in contact within five business days to complete the registration process. Upon registering, individuals will be scheduled for the next county COVID-19 drive-thru clinic with availability.