With some Craven County Schools students resuming in-class instruction once a week starting last week, doctors are on the lookout in case there is an increase in spread in Craven County.
So far this school year, 23 staff members and 8 students have tested positive for COVID-19:
- Oct. 27 three staff members
- Oct. 19 one staff member
- Oct. 16 one staff member
- Oct. 12 one staff member
- Oct. 7 two staff members
- Oct. 5 two staff members and two students
- Oct. 2 one staff member and one student
- Sept. 30 three staff members
- Sept. 22 one staff member
- Sept. 16 two staff members
- Sept. 14 one student and two staff members
- Sept. 9 four students and three staff members
- Aug. 30 one staff member
- Aug. 28 three Creekside Elementary employees (the only instances where Craven County Schools identified)
The students who contracted the virus are thought to have been members of athletic teams that have been holding practices. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported that the New Bern High School football team had an outbreak affecting five team members, which would account for five of the eight students who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Craven County has 2,144 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2020. Of those, 182 are active and 1,905 are considered recovered. There have been 57 deaths of Craven County residents.
As of Thursday, 12 Craven County residents were hospitalized. However, 22 COVID-19-positive patients were being cared for at CarolinaEast Medical Center, which provides hospital services for Craven County as well as Pamlico and Jones counties, which do not have their own hospitals.
Two were in the intensive care as of today.
The 22 patients at CarolinaEast is far less than the record of 39 patients the medical center treated at one time.
CarolinaEast has treated over 300 in-patients, and 450 patients if including those seen in the Emergency Department.
The hospital has no capacity limit at this time that it would likely reach. It will transform more beds into COVID beds as the need arises.
As of Thursday, the medical center has prepared and is ready to use 59-plus COVID rooms and can easily increase that to 70-plus and has a plan to convert more as needed.
Of the 2,144 cases in Craven County as of Thursday, 25 have been related to out-of-state travel, 428 are from community transmission, 1,428 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, 92 are still being investigated, and 171 are unknown.