Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that North Carolina’s indoor mass gathering limit will be lowered to 10 people in an effort to drive down North Carolina’s key COVID-19 metrics. Executive Order 176 will go into effect on Friday, Nov. 13 and will be in place through Friday, Dec. 4. “This reduction in our indoor gathering limit aims to slow the spread and bring down our numbers,” Governor Cooper said. “It also sends a serious signal to families, friends and neighbors across our state. Success in slowing the spread will help our businesses.” As the weather gets colder, more people will be gathering indoors. Science hasRead More →

Craven County is seeing a lull in COVID-19 activity, especially compared to other neighboring counties, but new cases continue to appear, as well as more deaths. The 14-day total of new cases in Craven County has dipped to 260 cases, below the 300 per 100,000 residents threshold that made Craven County a county of concern by the White House COVID-19 Task Force up until two weeks ago. Craven, Pamlico, and Jones counties all now fall below that threshold, although Pitt, Beaufort, Lenoir, Onslow, and Carteret counties remain above it, and in Lenoir County, with 434 new cases over the past 14 days, well above theRead More →

Updated as necessary All Craven Craven County deaths have had underlying health conditions. To protect privacy of the families, no further information about individual deaths is released. Date tested Date of results Date of death Test to death Patient 1 April 2, 2020 April 4, 2020 April 9, 2020 7 days Patient 2 April 7, 2020 April 9, 2020 April 17, 2020 10 days Patient 3 March 30, 2020 April 2, 2020 April 19, 2020 20 days Patient 4 April 12, 2020 April 14, 2020 April 21, 2020 9 days Patient 5 May 11, 2020 May 11, 2020 May 27, 2020 16 days Patient 6Read More →

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 →

How to tell if your vote was counted. More election coverage here Although North Carolina still has an estimated 95,000 mail-in ballots potentially left to be counted, results in Craven County are pretty much settled. Much like what happened statewide and nationally, smaller cities and rural Craven County supported Republican candidates across the board, while the four precincts that encompass most of New Bern’s population supported Democratic candidates. New Bern was an island of blue in a sea of red. Throughout all races on Craven County ballots, a Democrat received a majority of votes in just one partisan race, Craven County Register of Deeds. SherriRead More →

With the passing of Craven County Commissioner Johnnie Sampson Jr. from complications of COVID-19, state law dictates that it will fall to his fellow board members to select someone to fill his seat on the board. The board, which is Republican-majority, must select a Democrat to replace Sampson, who was a Democrat. The successor must be chosen within 60 days from Nov. 5, the date of Commissioner Sampson’s death, and also reside in the same district, District 3, shown in purple in the map below. Here is the law (relevant portions shown in bold type): § 153A-27. Vacancies on the board of commissioners. (a) IfRead More →

Craven County Commissioner Johnnie Sampson Jr. died at 9:03 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, of complications from COVID-19, which he had been battling for about a month. Craven County Board of Commissioners required to select Sampson’s successor.More Commissioner Sampson, 87, was tested Oct. 5 and the test came back positive the same day. He and his wife of more than 60 years, the Rev. Ethel Sampson, were both hospitalized in their battle against COVID-19. They had been discharged but Commissioner Sampson took a turn for the worse and was battling both COVID-19 and pneumonia. Craven County hosted a moment of silence at 2 p.m., onRead More →

COVID-19 cases continued to mount Wednesday, with 21 new cases over the past 24 hours. There was another death in Craven County, as well. Craven County has 2,418 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 4, 2020. Of those, 177 are active and 13 are hospitalized. Out of the 2,418 confirmed positive cases, 2,178 of those individuals have recovered. Of the 2,418 cases, 26 have been related to out of state travel, 494 are from community transmission, 1,576 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, 126 are still being investigated, and 196 are unknown. There have been 63 deaths relatedRead More →

Despite one day over the weekend when there were 45 new cases of COVID-19, the number of recovered cases in Craven County is keeping pace with the number of new cases both in recoveries and hospitalizations. Craven County has 2,381 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2020. Of those, 143 are active. Out of the 2,381 confirmed positive cases, 2,176 have recovered. Of the newest cases, one additional case was confirmed on Oct. 29, 2020, 45 were confirmed on Oct. 30, 2020, four on October 31, 2020, one on Nov. 1, 2020, and 3 today. Of the 2,381 cases, 25 haveRead More →