A sixteenth Craven County resident died from complications related to COVID-19 on Aug. 10, 2020. With six deaths, August accounts for more than a third of all Craven County deaths from COVID-19 starting when the first case emerged in mid-March. Three people died on Aug. 10 alone. Also, the Craven County Health Department reported 11 are hospitalized for COVID-19, up three since yesterday and the highest number ever hospitalized in Craven County for COVID-19. The only good news on Wednesday was that the number of active cases decreased from 201 cases yesterday to 194 today. The latest reported death was tested for COVID-19 on JulyRead More →

At least two of three deaths attributed in part to COVID-19 in Craven County over the past few days were patients at a New Bern skilled nursing facility that has been experiencing a major outbreak among patients and staff. PruittHealth-Trent, a 116-bed facility located at 836 Hospital Drive, has had four deaths attributed to COVID-19 out of 55 patients who have tested positive for the illness there. Sixteen staff members have also tested positive for COVID-19. The death toll in Craven County from COVID-19-related causes reached 15 on Tuesday, with five deaths occurring in August, now the deadliest month Craven County has experienced during thisRead More →

Three additional Craven County residents have died from complications related to COVID-19 this week. At least two of the deaths occurred at a New Bern skilled nursing facility that has been ravaged by COVID-19. Link In all, 15 Craven County residents have died due to complications of the highly virulent virus since Craven County’s first COVID-19 case in mid-March. Five have died in August, making August the deadliest month so far. The county saw four deaths in April and four deaths in July. The 13th Craven County resident died from complications related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on August 9, 2020. The individual was tested forRead More →

The New Bern Elks Lodge #764 recently presented Religious Community Services (RCS) with a financial grant of $2,000 for the purchase of food and kitchen supplies. The funds come from the Elks National Foundation (ENF) as a “Gratitude Grant.” Elks lodges receive these annual grants from member dues and gifts to ENF. Since 1928, Elks have committed to fulfill a pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. They help youth develop lifelong skills, send students to college, meet the needs of today’s veterans, and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities. For more information about Elks andRead More →

The New Bern Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing in which the aim is to control the proliferation of Airbnb-type operations from occurring in residential districts.  At their Oct. 22, 2019 meeting, the Board of Aldermen established the Short-Term Rental Committee to develop an ordinance regulating Short-Term Rentals. The committee conducted bi-monthly meetings between between December and March to create a draft ordinance for aldermen to consider. The issue came to a head when a homeowner on Metcalf Street attempted to turn his home into an Airbnb over the objections of neighbors. Members o f the committee were Anne Schout, who served asRead More →

Another 17 patients have tested positive for COVID-19 at a New Bern skilled nursing facility since Tuesday, bringing the total there to 55 infected patients at a facility where there are 116 beds. PruittHealth-Trent, located at 836 Hospital Drive in New Bern, has been ravaged by the virus, which has claimed the lives of two of its patients. Sixteen staff members at the facility have also tested positive, although that number has remained stable since shortly after the outbreak there. In all, 71 people have tested positive for the virus at PruittHealth-Trent. Case numbers have remained stable at three other skilled nursing facilities in CravenRead More →

Craven County schools are installing new signs displaying health and safety protocols at all 25 schools as well as district offices. All classes will be online the first nine weeks and whether in-person classes will be held will be determined closer to that time. Meanwhile, these are reminders while at school and out in the community to wear masks, stay 6 feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. As staff enters any school or district office they will have their temperature checked with an infrared thermometer and be asked a series of screening questions related to COVID 19 symptoms and signs. The questions are: HAVERead More →

Peletah Academic Center for Excellence (P.A.C.E.), a culturally competent trauma informed school will host a Back to School Drive Thru Celebration for the start of its Virtual 2020 Fall Semester. The event will be held at Peletah Ministries located at 1909 Trent Blvd. in New Bern. The program will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The celebration will also mark the kick-off of Camp Noah hosted by P.A.C.E. Camp Noah is a nationally recognized preparedness and resiliency day camp offered to elementary age children in communities impacted by a disaster or crisis. Camp Noah provides a safe and caring environment where childrenRead More →

Two additional Craven County residents have died from complications related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the county’s total to 12 deaths from the highly virulent virus. An eleventh Craven County resident died on August 4, 2020.  The individual was tested for COVID-19 on July 23, 2020 and resulted positive on July 27, 2020.  The death was reported to the Craven County Health Department on August 5, 2020. The twelfth Craven County resident died on August 5, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on July 10, 2020 and resulted positive on July 12, 2020.  The death was reported to the Craven County Health DepartmentRead More →