Sixty-one new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Lee County Health Department in the past seven days, down from a 72-case increase the week prior.

That brings the total number of cases reported in the county since March 2020 to 5,278, according to a Lee County Health Department news release.

The coronavirus has claimed the lives of 75 county residents since the beginning of the pandemic, the release said.

Statewide, 1,054 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Monday, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Hospitalizations totaled 907, NCDHHS reported. The number of deaths since March 2020 stands at 12,173.

NCDHHS reports that 38.4% of adults in the state have been partially vaccinated while 25.2% have been fully inoculated.

The county is encouraging residents to get vaccinated against the virus to help stop its spread, the release said.

Vaccinations are open to anyone 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is available to 16- and 17-year-olds.

Residents can register to get their shot by calling 919-842-5744 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

To register in Spanish, call 919-718-4640 and select option 8.

A pre-registration form can be found online at leecountync.gov/covid19. Once the form is submitted, someone from the county staff will make contact within five business days to set up an appointment, the release said.

Anyone who is feeling sick should stay at home and away from others until being tested, the release said.

Residents can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing the Three W’s — wearing a mask, waiting 6 feet apart and washing hands.

For more information, call the Lee County Health Department at 919-718-4640.