More grim milestones to report today for COVID-19 in Craven County. Two more deaths reported since yesterday bring the total death count to 18. The number of cases in Craven County passed 800. The amount of time between 700 cases and 800 cases was just seven days. And the number of hospitalizations reached 14. These are all records for Craven County. The two additional Craven County deaths bring the total deaths to 18. Of the eight counties in and around Craven County, Craven leads in the number of deaths even though Pitt and Onslow greatly outnumber it in total cases: Pitt County: 2,161 confirmed cases andRead More →

Key dates in Craven County for COVID-19 2020 March 14 First case confirmed in Craven County March 29 First community-spread case identified in Craven County April 2 First reported recovery in Craven County April 5 Hospitalized cases start being reported at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern April 9 First death in Craven County. April 17 Second death in Craven County. April 19 Third death in Craven County. April 21 Fourth death in Craven County. May 8 Phase 1 begins May 12-27 A cluster of friends, family, and co-workers adds 142 cases in Craven County May 17 Craven County passes 100 lab-confirmed cases May 22Read More →

A sixteenth Craven County resident died from complications related to COVID-19 on Aug. 10, 2020. With six deaths, August accounts for more than a third of all Craven County deaths from COVID-19 starting when the first case emerged in mid-March. Three people died on Aug. 10 alone. Also, the Craven County Health Department reported 11 are hospitalized for COVID-19, up three since yesterday and the highest number ever hospitalized in Craven County for COVID-19. The only good news on Wednesday was that the number of active cases decreased from 201 cases yesterday to 194 today. The latest reported death was tested for COVID-19 on JulyRead More →

At least two of three deaths attributed in part to COVID-19 in Craven County over the past few days were patients at a New Bern skilled nursing facility that has been experiencing a major outbreak among patients and staff. PruittHealth-Trent, a 116-bed facility located at 836 Hospital Drive, has had four deaths attributed to COVID-19 out of 55 patients who have tested positive for the illness there. Sixteen staff members have also tested positive for COVID-19. The death toll in Craven County from COVID-19-related causes reached 15 on Tuesday, with five deaths occurring in August, now the deadliest month Craven County has experienced during thisRead More →

Three additional Craven County residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 this week. At least two of the deaths occurred at a New Bern skilled nursing facility that has been ravaged by COVID-19. Link In all, 15 Craven County residents have died due to complications of the highly virulent virus since Craven County’s first COVID-19 case in mid-March. Five have died in August, making August the deadliest month so far. The county saw four deaths in April and four deaths in July. The 13th Craven County resident died from complications related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on August 9, 2020. The individual was tested forRead More →

The New Bern Elks Lodge #764 recently presented Religious Community Services (RCS) with a financial grant of $2,000 for the purchase of food and kitchen supplies. The funds come from the Elks National Foundation (ENF) as a “Gratitude Grant.” Elks lodges receive these annual grants from member dues and gifts to ENF. Since 1928, Elks have committed to fulfill a pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. They help youth develop lifelong skills, send students to college, meet the needs of today’s veterans, and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities. For more information about Elks andRead More →

The New Bern Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing in which the aim is to control the proliferation of Airbnb-type operations from occurring in residential districts.  At their Oct. 22, 2019 meeting, the Board of Aldermen established the Short-Term Rental Committee to develop an ordinance regulating Short-Term Rentals. The committee conducted bi-monthly meetings between between December and March to create a draft ordinance for aldermen to consider. The issue came to a head when a homeowner on Metcalf Street attempted to turn his home into an Airbnb over the objections of neighbors. Members o f the committee were Anne Schout, who served asRead More →

Another 17 patients have tested positive for COVID-19 at a New Bern skilled nursing facility since Tuesday, bringing the total there to 55 infected patients at a facility where there are 116 beds. PruittHealth-Trent, located at 836 Hospital Drive in New Bern, has been ravaged by the virus, which has claimed the lives of two of its patients. Sixteen staff members at the facility have also tested positive, although that number has remained stable since shortly after the outbreak there. In all, 71 people have tested positive for the virus at PruittHealth-Trent. Case numbers have remained stable at three other skilled nursing facilities in CravenRead More →

Craven County schools are installing new signs displaying health and safety protocols at all 25 schools as well as district offices. All classes will be online the first nine weeks and whether in-person classes will be held will be determined closer to that time. Meanwhile, these are reminders while at school and out in the community to wear masks, stay 6 feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. As staff enters any school or district office they will have their temperature checked with an infrared thermometer and be asked a series of screening questions related to COVID 19 symptoms and signs. The questions are: HAVERead More →