Craven County has 79 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 2020, an increase of 10 over 24 hours, the Craven County Health Department reported.

The Health Department did not say whether the latest increase was related to a cluster of 14 family and friends that had been reported on Wednesday.

Either way, the 34 new cases over the past 72 hours is a 30 percent increase in the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Craven County.

The ill-timed spike in cases comes as Craven County relaxes its restrictions and as Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes announced that he will not enforce restrictions on church gatherings.

Out of the 79 confirmed positive cases, 37 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 79 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 23 are from community transmission, and 49 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive. There have been four deaths related to COVID-19. Of the active COVID-19 cases, one is currently hospitalized.  

When using the NCDHHS COVID-19 site to stay up to date, please keep in mind that county case numbers may change once residency is verified. Therefore, the total number on the county map may differ from the number of Craven County Cases.

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The Craven County Health Department works with state, commercial, and private labs to track the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Craven County. Health care providers determine which lab they send their COVID-19 tests to. There are multiple hospital and commercial labs that conduct COVID-19 tests. These labs manage their own supplies and operate independently from the Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health.

Craven County will continue to track and post the number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases; however, it is important to recognize there are many people with COVID-19 who will not be included in daily counts of laboratory-confirmed cases, including:

  • People who had minimal or no symptoms and were not tested.
  • People who had symptoms but did not seek medical care.
  • People who sought medical care but were not tested.
  • People with COVID-19 in whom the virus was not detected by testing.

The number of laboratory-confirmed cases will increasingly provide a limited picture of the spread of infections in Craven County as COVID-19 becomes more widespread and the number of infected people who are not included in the daily counts of laboratory-confirmed cases increases. 

This article will be reposted with updated local information as well as regional and statewide statistics as it becomes available later today.

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