Three more people were added to the COVID-19-related casualty list in Craven County between Monday and Tuesday, making it one of the deadliest 24-hour periods since the pandemic started here in March 2020.

The three deaths bring Craven County’s total death count to 87. No other details about the deaths are available. The Craven County Health Department stopped issuing daily COVID-19 updates on Dec. 31.

  • For more New Bern Post COVID-19 coverage, go here.

It is unknown when the individuals died, as was often the case previously, the day a death was reported sometimes was a day or many days after the actual death.

Three deaths in one day is not a record; it has happened at least three times now. The one-day record is four deaths in mid-October, which is also the deadliest month so far for Craven County.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 5,403 lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Craven County as of Tuesday evening, an increase of 52 cases since Monday.

The graph above shows Craven County is continuing a steep upward trajectory in COVID-19 positive tests. One New Bern Post reader/critic pointed out that the number includes false positives as well as people who are asymptomatic.

Both points may be true, although there is no way to determine how many false positives there have been, and asymptomatic cases are more dangerous than symptomatic cases since they are actively and unknowingly spreading the virus.

This individual has been attempting to diminish the significance of the COVID-19 pandemic almost from the start. Suffice it to say, in every instance, his comments have not aged well.

One last graph for today: Holiday spikes:

A key takeaway from this graph is that since mid-November, Craven County has been in the midst of continuous spikes, The good news is that deaths have not been as severe. Deaths from November, December, and so far in January have totaled 25. Compare that to October, which had 22 deaths.

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported new records for COVID-19 key metrics for Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, 2021. 

On Jan. 1, 2021, North Carolina reported its highest one-day number of COVID-19 cases with 9,527 new cases reported, exceeding the state’s previous highest day set on Dec. 18, 2020 by more than 1,000. Cases remained high today, Jan. 2, with 9,365 new cases reported.

Records were also set for the percent of tests that were positive and hospitalizations. On Jan. 2, 15.5 percent of tests were positive, the highest rate since the start of the pandemic. In addition, 3,479 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 and 783 people were in the intensive care unit.

“We begin 2021 in our most dangerous position in this pandemic. We have critically high rates of spread in much of our state,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. “I encourage you to avoid getting together indoors with anyone who doesn’t live with you. If you plan to see other people keep it outside and very small. Wear a mask the whole time. We must do all that we can to protect one another.”

Last week, the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued stark warnings to North Carolinians, including:

  • If you are under 40 and you gathered beyond your immediate household, you need to assume you became infected with COVID-19 even if you don’t have any symptoms. You are dangerous to others and must isolate away from anyone at increased risk for severe disease and get tested.
  • If you are over 65 or if you have significant health conditions, you should not enter any indoor public spaces where anyone is unmasked and you should have groceries and medications delivered.

COVID-19 is highly contagious, and more than half of North Carolinians are at high risk for serious illness. Studies are also finding that some people, including those who had mild illness, experience symptoms for weeks or months following infection.

North Carolina’s Modified Stay at Home Order is in effect. This order requires people to stay at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Businesses including restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, personal care businesses, most retail stores and more, are required to close by 10 p.m. In addition, all onsite alcohol consumption sales must end by 9 p.m.

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