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After a lull last week, COVID-19’s direct impacts on Craven County came roaring back over the weekend, with 90 new cases and two reported deaths since the last report from the Craven County Health Department on Friday.

While it took a full week to go from 2,400 to 2,500 cases, it took just two days to reach 2,600 cases. That’s the shortest period of time to add 100 cases in Craven County since the outbreak. The previous record was three days.

Craven County has 2,649 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of noon Monday, Nov. 16, 2020.

There are 259 active cases, although hospitalizations of Craven County residents has continued a decline that started the week before last. There were eight Craven County residents hospitalized as of noon Monday.

Of the newest cases, 56 were confirmed on Nov. 13, 2020, 18 on Nov. 14, 2020, 10 on Nov. 15, 2020, and nine today.

Out of the 2,649 confirmed positive cases, 2,323 have recovered.

A person with COVID-19 is considered recovered if they completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 24 hours.

Where have we caught the virus?

Of the 2,649 cases, 30 have been related to out-of-state travel, 553 caught it from an unknown source in the community, and 1,685 caught it from someone who was infected and that they knew.

With so many new infections, contact tracers have been busy. There are 168 are still being investigated.

And sometimes, contact tracers just can’t figure out how someone got infected. There are 213 such cases, categorized as “unknown.”

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The two deaths reported since Friday bring Craven County’s total death count to 67.

The 66th Craven County resident died on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, the same day he or she was tested.

The 67th Craven County resident died on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on Nov. 7, 2020 and resulted positive the same day.

Both individuals had underlying health conditions. To protect the privacy of each individual’s family, no further information about the individuals will be released.  

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Craven County snapshots

Confirmed Cases Active CasesRecovered DeathsHospitalized 
2,6492592,323678
Source: Craven County Health Department

Days to add 100 new cases

MilestoneDays to add 100
10067
20011
30020
40016
50010
6008
70012
8007
9008
1,0009
1,1005
1,2005
1,3005
1,4003
1,5007
1,6005
1,7003
1,8003
1,9003
2,0003
2,1004
2,2005
2,3005
2,4004
2,5007
2,6002
Source: Compiled Craven County Health Department numbers

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