Craven County Health reported 13 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the count to 181 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:00 a.m. on May 23, 2020.

All 13 cases could be traced to a previously confirmed case. The health department report did not say if the 13 new cases are related to the county’s main outbreak cluster, which totaled 123 cases Friday afternoon. If related, that would bring the cluster to 136 cases out of 181 in the county.

Meanwhile, there are now 132 active cases in Craven County, a number that has continued to grow steadily since May 5, with 45 recoveries, a number that has remained the same for much of the week.

The number of deaths remained the same at four, while the number of cases hospitalized droped by one, and was three as of Saturday afternoon, according to the Health Department report.

An individual is considered recovered if they 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 181 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 26 are from community transmission, and 148 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case.  T


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The Craven County Health Department works with state, commercial, and private labs to track the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Craven County. Health care providers determine which lab they send their COVID-19 tests to. There are multiple hospital and commercial labs that conduct COVID-19 tests. These labs manage their own supplies and operate independently from the Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health.

Craven County will continue to track and post the number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases; however, it is important to recognize there are many people with COVID-19 who will not be included in daily counts of laboratory-confirmed cases, including:

  • People who had minimal or no symptoms and were not tested.
  • People who had symptoms but did not seek medical care.
  • People who sought medical care but were not tested.
  • People with COVID-19 in whom the virus was not detected by testing.

The number of laboratory-confirmed cases will increasingly provide a limited picture of the spread of infections in Craven County as COVID-19 becomes more widespread and the number of infected people who are not included in the daily counts of laboratory-confirmed cases increases.


As has often been case over the pst two weeks, the largest growth occurred in Craven County over the past 24 cases, with 13 new cases. Overall, the eight-county region in and around Craven County saw 40 new cases but zero deaths.


Updated daily by 11 a.m. Last updated May 23, 2020 at 11:33 a.m.

Knowing when to dial up or down measures that slow the spread of the virus depends on North Carolina’s testing, tracing and trends. This dashboard provides an overview on the metrics and capacities that the state is following.





Contact Tracing

Does North Carolina have sufficient capacity to conduct contact tracing?

Updated every Wednesday by 4 p.m.

Contact tracing is a proven, effective way to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing identifies people that have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This helps us more rapidly identify those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and quickly get them the necessary supports and resources that can help protect them and their loved ones.

Local health departments and health agencies have used contact tracing in North Carolina for decades to control the spread of other diseases such as tuberculosis and measles. Local health departments have been using contact tracing for COVID-19 since the first cases were identified in North Carolina.

To meet the scale needed to respond to COVID-19, we are building on the work of local health departments to expand contact tracing by tapping into additional local health department employees, contractors (through the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative and Child Care Health Consultants), hospitals, and other community partners.

North Carolina is committed to ensuring contact tracing teams reflect the communities they serve and are well positioned to reach the communities hardest hit by COVID.

Contact Tracing by the Numbers Status
New Contact Tracers hired through Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative 152
Number of Contact Tracers 250

Who has been hired through the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative?

Demographics of Contact Tracers Hired Total Hired Hired Percentage
Black or African American 44 29%
Hispanic or Latino 19 13%
American Indian or Alaska Native 4 3%
Asian 4 3%
White 60 39%
Two or more races 6 4%
No Response 15 10%
Sum 152 100%


Language(s) Spoken by Contact Tracers Total Percent
English Only 82 55%
Bilingual 69 45%

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