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.