Death toll now up to 80 with 2 new deaths The renewed post-Thanksgiving spike in new COVID-19 cases shows no sign of abating as Craven County approaches the two-week Christmas break. With 69 new cases in a 24-hour period (the fifth highest one-day increase since the pandemic started) and two new deaths of Craven County residents, the last 24 hours offered little to be optimistic about. Craven County has 3,986 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Of those, 638 are active cases, 14 are hospitalized, and 80 have died. An interesting development from census data at CarolinaEast: the numberRead More →

Craven County isn’t quite through the post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 spike, if the number of new cases between Monday and Tuesday is any indicator. After a lull of a couple of days, Craven County’s daily COVID-19 count increased by 79 cases from Monday to Tuesday, second only to Dec. 10, when there were 86 new cases. Meanwhile, Craven County Schools reported 3 staff members and 14 students who have tested positive for COVID-19. This information was reported to the school system during the dates of Dec. 10-14, 2020. This is not considered a cluster since the cases are not at the same school campus. Here’s the cumulativeRead More →

UPDATED 12/9/2020CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern is among 11 North Carolina hospitals that will receive the first shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine, and that vaccine will go to front line health care workers, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. The list of facilities receiving the early shipments is small due to the limited supply of vaccines that will be made available. “The initial supply of vaccines will all go to a limited number of hospitals to vaccinate health care workers at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 – those who are caring for or cleaning areas usedRead More →

By Katie Buck, RN Emergency Department, CarolinaEast Medical Center It’s clear to me now that 2020 is not a good year to take a full week of vacation. Of course my tenacious and adventurous spirit got the best of me and the second week of March my husband and I were off to Ireland. Just four days prior, North Carolina announced the first positive COVID-19 case, but I wasn’t worried about it. I was busy obsessing over not forgetting my passport and checking my backpack constantly for it. The minute our plane landed in Boston, I found out I would be in quarantine for twoRead More →

The CarolinaEast Foundation is proud to announce the final results of the 2020 CarolinaEast Health System Employee Campaign. “Everyday Heroes: Kindness Behind the Mask”, with over 50 percent of the work force at CarolinaEast giving of their time and dollars over this annual two week long fundraising campaign, brought in a remarkable total of $441,383.00. 100 percent of those dollars are dedicated to directly serving the healthcare needs of the local communities in eastern North Carolina. This is the 24th annual Employee Campaign, but perhaps the most unforgettable one yet in light of this year’s global health pandemic. In the midst of caring for manyRead More →

Local Domino’s owner Stan Gage presented pizza to every staff member at CarolinaEast Health System one day last week. Gage and his team made and delivered over 700 fresh, hot pizzas to CarolinaEast Medical Center and all 21 offsite clinics. “This is the second time Domino’s has stepped up to support our healthcare heroes during this pandemic and we are overwhelmed by their generosity,” the health system said in a news release. See some more images, below.Read More →

The American College of Cardiology has recognized CarolinaEast Medical Center for its demonstrated commitment to comprehensive, high-quality culture and cardiovascular care. CarolinaEast was awarded the HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence in October based on meeting accreditation criteria, and through their ongoing performance registry reporting. The ACC HeartCARE Center designation indicates that CarolinaEast has met a set of criteria, including participating in at least two ACC Accreditation Services programs, NCDR registries and targeted quality improvement campaigns. CarolinaEast currently has an ACC accredited Heart Failure Program, Cardiac Cath Lab and Chest Pain Center with PCI. “We take extreme pride in our excellence in heart care atRead More →

By Lindsay Finn, BSRT, RRT, RCP Tension were high even before our first COVID-19 case at CarolinaEast Medical Center. There were so many unknowns and we had no idea what to expect. We are now several months (almost a year) into this pandemic and we are still here. Fighting this silent disease that does not care about your age, gender, or ethnicity. I am a respiratory therapist who is frequently assigned to the COVID-19 units that contain very complex cases. We run the ventilators, participate in intubation, and provide all respiratory support to these patients. Some days are harder than others. Some do not survive.Read More →

The ceremony is open to the public and will be offered virtually and drive-in The CarolinaEast Medical Center Perinatal Loss and Bereavement Committee will host the 6th Annual Community National Day of Remembrance, an event to memorialize and remember infants lost. The public is invited to attend to comfort grieving families and friends and light a faux candle in remembrance and support. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in the front parking lot of CarolinaEast Medical Center, 2000 Neuse Blvd., New Bern. October is designated nationally as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month to promote awareness and provide information regarding resourcesRead More →

Four unidentifiable Craven County residents died of COVID-19-related causes since Friday over a weekend that saw an increase of 88 lab-confirmed cases in the county. Hospitalizations of Craven County COVID-19 patients have declined to 16 after reaching a record high 25 cases on Friday. Some of that decline may be because of the four deaths over the weekend. The 41st Craven County resident died on October 2, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on Sept. 22, 2020, and resulted positive on Sept. 24, 2020. The 42nd Craven County resident died on Oct. 2, 2020. The individual was tested on Sept. 21, 2020 and resultedRead More →