EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written a week ago, but I missed a step and it was not posted. I am posting it now for historical/archival purposes.

Two unidentified Craven County residents died over the weekend from complications related to COVID-19, the Craven County Health Department reported.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Craven County now stands at 33 dead since the virus was first detected in the county in mid-March 2020.

One resident died on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on Sept. 9, 2020, and resulted positive a day later.

Another Craven County resident died on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. The individual was tested on Sept. 15, 2020, and resulted positive a day later.

Both deaths were reported to the Craven County Health Department on Monday afternoon.

To protect the privacy of each individual’s family, health department officials will release no further information about the individuals.

Of the 33 deaths in Craven County, the time between being tested and death has been averaging about 13 days.

Craven County has 1,452 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020.

There are 303 active cases and 10 Craven County residents are hospitalized as of today, both slight decreases since Monday’s report.

The two deaths occurred during a particularly bad weekend for Craven County, which saw 40 additional confirmed cases between Friday afternoon and Monday afternoon.

Confirmed cases do not give an accurate indication of the actual number of cases, which could be 10 times greater than the number of lab-confirmed cases.

That means that instead of 1.4 Craven County residents out of 100 having the virus, the actual number is more likely 14 out of 100.

Craven County’s lab-confirmed case number has been increasing by about 100 cases every five days to a week.

Out of the 1,452 confirmed positive cases in Craven County, 1,116 have recovered and are out of isolation.

As for the sources of the virus in Craven County, 18 have been related to out-of-state travel, 230 are from community transmission, and 955 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case.

Another 188 are still being investigated, and 61 cases were contracted from unknown sources.

Key dates

MARCH
March 14 First case confirmed in Craven County
March 29 First community-spread case identified in Craven County

APRIL
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
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
June 19 Sixth death in Craven County
June 19 Craven County passes 300 lab-confirmed cases
June 19 Phase 3 delayed

JULY
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
July 29 10th death in Craven County

AUGUST
Aug. 4 11th death in Craven County
Aug. 5 12th death in Craven County
Aug. 5 Phase 3 delayed
Aug. 6 Craven County passes 700 lab-confirmed cases
Aug. 7 13th death in Craven County
Aug. 9 14th death in Craven County
Aug. 10 15th, 16th, and 17th deaths in Craven County
Aug. 13 18th and 19th deaths in Craven County. 
Craven County passes 800 lab-confirmed deaths
Aug. 17 20th death in Craven County
Aug. 18 21st and 22nd deaths in Craven County
Aug. 19 23rd death in Craven County
Aug. 21 24th and 25th deaths in Craven County. 
Craven County passes 900 lab-confirmed deaths
Aug. 22 26th death in Craven County
Aug. 29 Craven County passes 1,000 lab-confirmed cases
Aug. 30 27th death in Craven County
Aug. 3 Craven County passes 1,100 lab-confirmed cases

SEPTEMBER
Sept. 4 Phase 2.5 begins
Sept. 6 28th death in Craven County
Sept. 10 29th death in Craven County
Craven County passes 1,200 lab-confirmed cases
Sept. 11 30th death in Craven County
Sept. 14 31st death in Craven County
Sept. 15 Craven County passes 1,300 lab-confirmed cases
Sept. 18 Craven County passes 1,400 lab-confirmed cases
32nd death in Craven County
Sept. 19 33rd death in Craven County

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