The number of COVID-19 cases in Craven County increased to five, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The Craven County Health Department has not issued a news release about this fifth case. This article will be updated once that information is made available.

An employee at Carolina Orthopedics Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy tested positive for COVID-19. Carolina Orthopedics has offices in New Bern and Jacksonville, and a news release from them said the employee’s last day at either of their offices was Friday, March 20, 2020.

The employee is a resident of Pitt County and is recovering at home. It is unknown from information made available so far whether the employee is counted among Craven County’s five cases, Onslow County’s six cases, or Pitt County’s 16 cases.

There has been no information released as to whether the case was contracted from outside the state, or community-spread, and if community-spread, from which county.

The New Bern office is located at 738 Newman Road, New Bern, and the Jacksonville office is located at 201 Williamsburg Parkway, Jacksonville.

The employee has been in isolation since Monday, March 23, 2020, and is recovering at home in Pitt County.

“At Carolina Orthopedics, the safety and well-being of our patients, team members and the communities we serve is our top priority and we are proceeding with an abundance of caution,” the company said.

In response to the employee’s confirmed positive COVID-19 test, Carolina Orthopedics will be closed the week of March 30 through April 3.

“During this closure, we will sanitize and disinfect both of our offices to ensure the health and well-being of our patients, providers and staff,” the company said.


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