A ninth Craven County resident died from complications related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

The individual was a patient at PruittHealth-Trent, a nursing home in New Bern that has been in the midst of a severe COVID-19 outbreak for more than a week.

Fourteen staff and 36 patients were positive for the virus as of today’s report from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. That’s nine more cases than was reported Friday.

The dead person was tested for COVID-19 on July 17, 2020 and resulted positive on July 18, 2020.  The death was reported to the Craven County Health Department on July 28, 2020. The individual had several underlying health conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released.

The PruittHealth-Trent death brings Craven County’s total death count from the viral outbreak to 9.

Craven County added nine new cases of COVID-19 between Monday morning and Tuesday morning.

Craven County has 620 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on July 28, 2020.

Out of the 620 confirmed positive cases, 493 of those individuals have recovered, are doing well, and are out of isolation. The recovered cases completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours.

Of the 620 cases, 12 have been related to out of state travel, 133 are from community transmission, 436 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, and 39 are still being investigated.

Six of the active COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized.

Craven County COVID-19 snapshot

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Two additional nursing homes in Craven County, PruittHealth-Neuse and Cherry Point Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Havelock, have smaller outbreaks. At PruittHealth-Neuse, two staff and two patients are sick, while at the Havelock facility, two staff are sick. Those numbers have not changed since Friday.

PruittHealth-Neuse is a 110-bed facility located at 1303 Health Drive in New Bern. PruittHealth-Trent is a 116-bed facility located at 836 Hospital Drive.

Key dates in Craven County

  • 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 22 Phase 2 begins
  • May 27 Fifth death in Craven County
  • May 28 National death toll equals and then surpass entire population of Craven County (103,374)
  • May 30 Craven County passes 200 lab-confirmed cases
  • June 19 Sixth death in Craven County
  • June 19 Craven County passes 300 lab-confirmed cases
  • June 19-July 3 Phase 3 delayed
  • July 2 Seventh death in Craven County
  • July 5 Eighth death in Craven County
  • July 7 Craven County surpasses 400 lab-confirmed cases
  • July 18 Craven County passes 500 lab-confirmed cases
  • July 21 Cluster emerges at PruittHealth-Trent, a New Bern skilled nursing facility. By July 24, there were 42 cases among staff and patients. Two other local facilities reported smaller outbreaks.
  • July 26 Craven County passes 600 lab-confirmed cases
  • July 28 Ninth death in Craven County

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