A state of emergency stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and declared in Lee County on March 16, 2020 ended Monday.

Lee County Commissioners’ Chairman Kirk Smith signed a declaration terminating the emergency, meaning, according to a press release, that “the Lee County Health Department will cease providing a daily situation report, reports of COVID-19 deaths, and weekly COVID-19 case status updates.”

The release encourages “interested parties” to utilize the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID dashboard for up to date information on cases in Lee County.

Additionally, the county will no longer request that visitors wear masks or social distance while in county facilities “except where required under Executive Order 215 that includes but is not limited to the county jail and county health clinic.”

The county’s move follows Sanford Mayor Chet Mann’s lifting on Friday of multiple city restrictions related to the pandemic.