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Central Carolina Hospital vaccine clinic postponed Monday

Vaccinations at Central Carolina Hospital were postponed Monday due to a shortage of vaccine doses, according to spokeswoman Anna Manning.

Although hospital staff had planned to begin administering vaccines Monday, inclement weather late last week delayed a shipment of vaccine, Manning said.

The hospital’s vaccine clinic will resume Tuesday after more vaccines are shipped from another hospital in the Duke LifePoint System.

The hospital and Lee County Health Department are currently vaccinating healthcare workers, staff and residents of long-term care facilities, and adults age 65 or older. Teachers, childcare workers and other school staff will begin receiving the vaccine Wednesday, Manning said.

In order to get the vaccine, eligible Lee County residents must make an appointment. To register, people should call 919-777-7999 and leave a message with their name, date of birth and phone number. Participants can expect a call back within one day to schedule an appointment, the news release stated.

On the day of the appointment, people should arrive at the hospital’s front entrance to register and get their temperature checked. Face masks are required and people should practice social distancing.

Hospital staff ask that participants do not arrive more than 15 minutes ahead of their scheduled appointment in order to keep the number of people in waiting rooms low. Participants should also plan to stay for 10 minutes after the vaccination for monitoring, the release stated.

Visit http://bit.ly/CCHcovidvaccinefaq for more information about the vaccine.

Football game attendance limited for bands, cheerleaders

Lee County high school cheerleaders and bands will have fewer opportunities to perform at football games this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently, only 100 spectators are allowed to attend football games in addition to players, coaches and support staff, per the state’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Bands and cheerleaders are also exempt from that occupancy limit, but school leaders still want to keep the number of people in the stadium low, said Reggie Peace, co-athletic director of Lee County High School.

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders will cheer at home games only, said Peace. That’s three games at Lee County High School and three at Southern Lee.

A decision has not yet been made on if bands will be allowed to perform, but if they are, games will have only a small pep band as opposed to the traditional marching band, Peace said.

Lee County’s first home game is March 12 against conference foe Triton. Southern Lee’s home opener versus Carrboro is March 5. The Brick City Bowl, Lee County at Southern Lee, is scheduled for April 9.

Sanford man wins $100,000 playing lottery

Donald Baynes of Sanford spent $30 on a lottery ticket and wound up winning $100,000.

Baynes, a site contractor, won the money in the Supreme Riches scratch-off game, according to a release from the N.C. Education Lottery.

Baynes, who collected his winnings Friday in Raleigh, purchased the ticket at the Kangaroo Express on North Main Street in Broadway.

Baynes took home $70,759 after state and federal taxes were deducted.

“I’m blessed and very fortunate to win something like this,” Baynes said in the release.

During the 2020 fiscal year, Lee County received $4.3 million from lottery funds to use toward education programs, according to the N.C. Education Lottery.

The funds generated $872,040 for the N.C. Pre-K program, which serves 4-year-olds deemed to be at risk of falling behind while preparing for kindergarten, the lottery release said. The money helped 134 4-year-olds in Lee County, the release said.

Lottery money also provided $187,420 in college scholarships for 184 Lee County students and $74,270 for financial aid scholarships for 364 local students enrolled in the University of North Carolina system.

Some $2.4 million was used to support public and charter school operations and another $79,555 went toward transportation needs, according to the release.

Lottery money also provided $720,006 to Lee County for school construction needs, the release said.

County's COVID-19 cases drop again

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported Monday marks the third consecutive week of a decline, according to the Lee County Health Department.

New confirmed cases over the week rose by 107, bringing the county’s total of COVID-19 cases since March to 5,319, a health department release said.

This week’s total is 55 less than was reported on Feb. 15 and 317 cases less than was reported a month ago on Jan. 19.

The coronavirus has claimed the lives of 67 county residents since March, the release said.

Registration continues for those eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Groups 1 and 2, the release said. That includes healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients, residents and staff in long-term nursing facilities and those over 65.

Educators and childcare workers are in Group 3, but have been given priority based on a mandate from Gov. Roy Cooper. Registration is underway for that group and vaccines will be given to them on Wednesday, the release said.

Others in Group 3, which includes frontline essential workers, must wait until March 10 to register, according to the release.

Those eligible to register can do so by calling 919-352-3360 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spanish speakers should call 919-718-4640 and select option eight, the release said.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,133 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state’s total since the pandemic began in March to 844,770. The daily percentage of positive tests Monday was 6.2%, according to the NCDHHS.

COVID-19 deaths in North Carolina on Monday were 10,934.