More election coverage here Craven County conservatives cast doubt and aspersions on the outcome of Tuesday’s General Election, which resulted in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris unseating incumbent President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Rubbing further salt into the wounds, Democratic N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper won his reelection bid. Citizen in New Bern is a Facebook page with more than 50,000 followers and numerous moderators, only one of whom is identified. While the content posted on it leans far to the right, many of its followers have liked the page for varying reasons. Of the 43 of my friends who like the page,Read More →

Sarah and I got in our truck on Wednesday morning and headed down the street. Instead of turning left and heading to the Emergency Room like we had done two times in the previous three weeks, we turned right. We drove to Crema Brew, our favorite coffee house, marking the first time in almost a month where we went out in public as a couple. That’s how long it took between the first sniffles of COVID-19, through days and days of bed rest and fitful nights, to symptoms subsiding and finally being declared recovered by our doctor. We were told that we could come outRead More →

Sarah and I were tested for COVID-19 two weeks ago today. Today is the first day we can see some light at the end of the tunnel. I get hay fever-like symptoms every year around this time, and the runny nose and scratchy throat I was experiencing fit that pattern. The 101-degree temperature I had the morning of Sept. 21 raised the red flag, however. Sarah and I have had a different journey. I had a cough, fever, muscle ache, and headache that started to subside about a week ago, but which would return about 30 hours later; this happened three times. When I feltRead More →

It’s been a few days since my last update about my family’s journey through COVID-19, and I planned to write something yesterday but didn’t feel up to it. It’s been a pattern since Tuesday. I wake up after a night of fitful sleep feeling more or less normal and wondering, Is today the day I get my normal life back? I get cleaned up and even get a few things done; small things, like picking up used tissue off the floor or bringing down last night’s dinner dishes to the kitchen to be washed by the boys, or sweeping rainwater puddles off the front porch.Read More →

My cough has subsided a little from my bout with COVID-19 and my thinking has become a little clearer about things that have happened since Wednesday morning when I was tested. (The picture with this was taken today; I changed my shirt.) Contact tracing is happening where people who test positive for the virus are contacted by health department representatives to find out where you caught the virus and who you may have spread it to. With thousands of cases, it’s a wonder how they do it. And in my case, I think they have it wrong. I had the sniffles last weekend and chalkedRead More →

Both my wife Sarah and I assumed we would feel better today. We were wrong. In some ways, we feel worse. We are Day 6 into COVID-19 at our house, which I announced to New Bern Post readers yesterday. I had a freelance assignment due on Wednesday that I got moved to Thursday, then without permission moved it to Friday before finally turning it in just a few minutes ago, late Saturday morning. I worked between coughing fits and bouts of exhaustion before I was finally able to click “save”, “attach”, and “send.” I have just enough energy left to update readers about COVID-19 atRead More →

I’ve been writing about COVID-19 since February and have been covering it extensively on New Bern Post since it first showed up in Craven County in mid-March. Until Tuesday, I never knew anyone who had it, and like many, I was starting to wonder if it was really a thing. Then, on Tuesday, my wife Sarah tested positive. That came as a surprise. I was the one with a fever, scratchy throat, and increasingly relentless cough, but I tested negative. Sarah just felt a little under the weather. Just to be sure, a second test was sent off for a more detailed look. It cameRead More →

By North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper This pandemic has affected every corner of our state, including our state budget needs. For many families, it has also shifted their priorities. Last week, I proposed a budget that tackles the challenges we’re facing today while building for the promise of tomorrow. We can emerge from this crisis even stronger than before if we invest wisely. My budget, Support for a Determined North Carolina, uses the state’s remaining $900 million CARES Act funding to continue responding to COVID-19 and providing relief to communities. I’ve proposed for $175 million to go toward critical public health services, including contact tracing andRead More →

It is more important than ever to have responsible, thoughtful leaders representing our local governments. In times of crisis and strife, we look to leaders and advocates from Governor Cooper to our county’s local Sheriff to guide and protect our collective experiences as we traverse troubled times, together. Certain events like Hurricane Florence or COVID-19 bring us to our knees through life’s most difficult moments — at the very least, we should be able to believe that each-other’s best interest is as at heart. If you aren’t aware, Alderwoman Sabrina Bengel and former Mayor and Attorney Lee Bettis host a show on the Facebook-centric NewRead More →

Craven County reported its seventh and eight deaths from COVID-19-related causes, the first time since April that Craven County has had more than one death per month. Craven County’s first COVID-19 case was reported in mid-March, and the first death of COVID-19 causes occurred on April 9.  It was the first of four deaths in April. That might lead reasonable people to be concerned about the pandemic. Then there was a lull. More than a month passed from the last death in April (April 21) until the next death, which occurred on May 27. It was almost another month before the next death on JuneRead More →