Another Craven County resident has died from complications related to COVID-19, the 21st death in the county since the pandemic reached the county in mid-March.

The person, who was not identified, died on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on July 21, 2020 and resulted positive on July 25, 2020.

The individual had several underlying health conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released.

The person was sick for 27 days between the date of testing and date of death, the longest period of illness before death recorded in Craven County. Coincidentally, the 20th Craven County resident to die, who also died on Aug. 17, survived just five days after being tested, and was the fastest death recorded in Craven County.

Craven County has 839 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of noon Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.

Out of the 839 confirmed positive cases, 648 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 839 cases, 12 have been related to out of state travel, 161 are from community transmission, 577 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, and 89 are still being investigated.

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

Craven County Snapshot


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 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 reported 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

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

Aug. 17 20th and 21st deaths in Craven County




  1. how does that compare to flu deaths in previous years?

    1. Author

      There have been 186 deaths statewide during the flu season that started 2019. (There were 391 deaths the previous flu season.) There were 2,348 COVID-19 deaths as of today in North Carolina as of Tuesday.

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