With some Craven County Schools students resuming in-class instruction once a week starting last week, doctors are on the lookout in case there is an increase in spread in Craven County. So far this school year, 23 staff members and 8 students have tested positive for COVID-19: Oct. 27 three staff members Oct. 19 one staff member Oct. 16 one staff member Oct. 12 one staff member Oct. 7 two staff members Oct. 5 two staff members and two students Oct. 2 one staff member and one student Sept. 30 three staff members Sept. 22 one staff member Sept. 16 two staff members Sept. 14Read More →

Two unidentified Craven County residents died this week of COVID-19-related reasons, bringing the October death toll to 17 and tying the record for most deaths in a month set in August. Craven County reached 2,122 confirmed COVID-19 cases today, jumping past 2,100 cases. The county has been adding about 100 new cases every three to four days. With some Craven County Schools students resuming in-class instruction once a week starting this week, doctors are on the lookout for an increase in spread in Craven County. So far this school year, 20 staff members and 8 students have tested positive for COVID-19: Oct. 19 one staffRead More →

Five Craven County residents died of COVID-19 related causes since Friday, including four who died on Friday. It brings the death toll in Craven County from COVID-19 to 55 since the pandemic first emerged here in mid-March 2020. With 15 deaths, October is the second deadliest month so far, trailing August (17 deaths) and ahead of September (13 deaths). At this pace, however, October is well on its way to become the deadliest month so far for Craven County. Craven County deaths since Friday were: A Craven County resident died on October 16, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on September 24, 2020 andRead More →

The COVID-19 death toll at New Bern-area nursing homes has reached 38, 18 of which have been reported at facilities where outbreaks are still active, according to statistics from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Active outbreaks include Bayview Nursing & Rehabilitation, where 9 patients have died of COVID-19-related causes. Bayview is registered as having 72 beds, with 50 residents testing positive for the virus. Staff there was also hit hard, with 34 cases. Smaller outbreaks are reported as still active at Riverpoint Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (17 staff, 38 residents, 3 resident deaths), Courtyards at Berne Village (6 staff, 7Read More →

Craven County reported 2,009 COVID-19 cases on Friday, almost seven months to the day since the first case was detected here. Meanwhile, the United States surpassed 8 million cases on Friday. The 2,009 cases were reported by the Craven County Health Department. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports a higher number for Craven County, at 2,076 cases. Both agree on the number of deaths: 50. While 1,750 COVID-19 cases have recovered, there are 209 active cases in the county. There are 25 Craven County residents hospitalized due to COVID-19, though the COVID-19 census at CarolinaEast Medical Center is higher than thatRead More →

Two unidentified Craven County residents died of COVID-19-related causes on Monday, bringing the running total of fatalities from the deadly virus in Craven County to 50. The county passed the 1,900 mark on Saturday. It has added 100 new cases each three days for the past nine days. In total, Craven County has 1,939 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Oct. 13, 2020. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, which keeps its own statistics, reports that Craven County has 2,003 cases as of today. There are 308 active cases and 23 Craven County residents are currently hospitalized.  Craven County SchoolsRead More →

Updated as necessary MARCH March 14 First case confirmed in Craven County March 29 First community-spread case identified in Craven County APRIL April 2 First reported recovery in Craven County April 5 Hospitalized cases start being reported at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern April 9 First death in Craven County April 17 Second death in Craven County April 19 Third death in Craven County April 21 Fourth death in Craven County. MAY May 8 Phase 1 begins May 12-27 A cluster of friends, family, and co-workers adds 142 cases in Craven County May 17 Craven County passes 100 lab-confirmed cases May 22 Phase 2 begins May 27 Fifth death in Craven County May 28 National death toll equalsRead 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 →

Craven County Commissioner Johnnie Sampson Jr. and the Rev. Ethel Sampson are both hospitalized in a battle against COVID-19. New Bern Alderman Sabrina Bengel revealed the Sampsons’ situation during her videoblog program, CityTalk, on Friday morning. No other details were available. Craven County has 280 active cases as of today, with 18 Craven County residents hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons. There have been no deaths reported over the past 24 hours, and the total stands at 48, the highest death toll of the eight-county region in and around Craven County. Craven County has had 1,866 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic reached its borderRead More →

The Craven County Recreation and Parks office will be relocating to Creekside Park, 1821 Old Airport Road in New Bern on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 and Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The Creekside Park office will be open to the public on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 at 8 a.m. and until that time, services are available via telephone and online at https://cravencounty.recdesk.com. Office hours at the new facility will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The telephone number for Craven County Recreation and Parks will remain 252-636-6606. “Relocation to a new facility in Creekside Park will not only put the Recreation andRead More →