Craven County had one new death and leapt past the 2,300 mark in COVID-19 cases since lunchtime Thursday. An unidentified person became the 62nd death in Craven County due to complications related to COVID-19 on Thursday. The person, who like the 61 who died before him or her, had underlying health conditions. Testing took place on Oct. 5 and came back positive the next day. As usual, the Craven County Health Department did not release further information to protect the family’s privacy. Of Craven County’s 2,327 cases, 181 are active and 12 are hospitalized, both numbers decreasing over the past several days. The number ofRead More →

With just four voting days remaining (early voting today through Saturday, and Election Day on Tuesday), Craven County voter turnout during early voting has reached 52.4 percent as of Thursday afternoon, Oct. 29, 2020. Among its neighbors, Craven County ranks fourth in voter turnout. Craven County has 72,537 registered voters out of a population of 102,139, of whom 21,868 are Democrats, 26,437 are Republicans, 23,656 are unaffiliated, 42 are Green, 43 are Constitution, and 491 are Libertarian. With polls showing North Carolina to be a tossup in the presidential race, every vote counts. Craven County & neighbors County Total ballots cast Total turnout Ballots byRead More →

Sometime today, Craven County will pass 2,300 cases of COVID-19, odds are by 20-30 cases, some of which include Craven County Schools staff and students. Meanwhile, an unidentified Craven County resident became the 61st person to die from COVID-19-related causes since the first death on April 2, 2020. Craven County has 2,295 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The number of active cases continues to remain above 200, but hospitalizations have decreased by three since earlier this week, and now are at 16. One among those three died, however. Out of the 2,295 confirmed positive cases, 2,021 are considered recovered.Read More →

The number of new COVID-19 cases didn’t increase significantly over the past 24 hours, the number of active cases decreased by 56 cases, but one number that took an alarming turn was hospitalizations. Ten Craven County residents have been admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 over the last day, more than doubling the number, from 9 to 20. Hospitalizations and deaths are considered leading-edge indicators of the severity of the outbreak in a community, and both those numbers are disconcerting. Craven County reached 60 deaths on Sunday, with a third of those total deaths occurring in October alone, making October the deadliest month of theRead More →

Craven County voter turnout during early voting has reached 46.3 percent as of Tuesday morning, Oct. 27, 2020, one week before Election Day, with 33,634 ballots cast. Among its neighboring counties, Craven County ranks third in voter turnout. Craven County has 72,537 registered voters out of a population of 102,139, of whom 21,868 are Democrats, 26,437 are Republicans, 23,656 are unaffiliated, 42 are Green, 43 are Constitution, and 491 are Libertarian. Craven County & neighbors County Total ballots cast Total turnout Ballots by mail One-stop ballots Craven 33,634 46.30 7,640 25,994 Beaufort 15,091 44.56 2,571 12,520 Carteret 25,642 49.61 4,209 21,433 Jones 2,72 37.70 350Read More →

Craven County added 61 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases and three deaths since the last update by the Craven County Health Department issued Friday. October, with 20 deaths, is now the deadliest month of the pandemic in Craven County, surpassing August, when 17 Craven County residents lost their lives. The county now has 2,230 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Of the newest cases, 44 were confirmed on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, two on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, four on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, and 11 today. There have been 60 deaths of Craven County residents, and there are now 220Read More →

Craven County voter turnout during early voting has reached 34.9 percent as of Saturday morning (Oct. 24, 2020), with 25,317 ballots cast. Among its neighboring counties, Craven County ranks third in voter turnout. Craven County has 72,537 registered voters out of a population of 102,139, of whom 21,868 are Democrats, 26,437 are Republicans, 23,656 are unaffiliated, 42 are Green, 43 are Constitution, and 491 are Libertarian. Craven County & neighbors County Total ballots cast Total turnout Ballots by mail One-stop ballots Craven 30,303 41.72 7,494 22,809 Beaufort 12,437 36.82 2,429 10,008 Carteret 22,892 44.29 4,013 18,879 Jones 2,415 32.78 326 2,089 Lenoir 16,079 42.09 2,559Read More →

A private school in New Bern has been contending with a cluster of COVID-19 cases of between 7 (its figures) and 10 (state figures) cases. Also, Craven county and municipal leaders have been urged by state officials to take stronger measures after the county was identified as a “county of concern” by the White House COVID-19 Task Force. Craven County has reported 314 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days. New Bern Christian Academy was identified as a cluster location by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services this week, although the outbreak has been going on for a couple ofRead More →

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that North Carolina will remain paused in Phase 3 for three more weeks as health officials continue to monitor North Carolina’s viral trends. North Carolina has seen increased hospitalizations and trajectory of cases in recent weeks. Governor Cooper underscored the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, and using good judgment despite fatigue or frustration with the pandemic. “As this pandemic continues, I know it’s difficult and tiring to keep up our guard, especially when we’re gathered with people we love. But it’s necessary. No one wants to spread COVID-19 accidentally to friends or family, so we must keep prevention atRead More →

With North Carolina’s COVID-19 trends moving in the wrong direction, state officials are urging Craven County and county and municipal leaders in 35 other counties where viral spread has been active, asking them to help slow the spread of the virus by promoting the 3 Ws and considering local actions to improve compliance with executive orders. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Safety sent the letter to county and municipal leaders in 36 counties that met the following metrics: The county has had 300 or more new cases in the last 14 days and has beenRead More →