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 →

With two new deaths over the past 24 hours, Craven County continues to widen its lead over neighboring and nearby counties in Eastern North Carolina. Craven County deaths related to COVID-19 total 48, compared to the counties with the next-highest number of dead, Lenoir and Pitt, which each have 33 deaths. An unidentified Craven County resident died on Oct. 7, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on Sept. 15, 2020 and resulted positive the same day. Another unidentified Craven County resident died on Oct. 8, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on Oct. 2, 2020 and resulted positive on Oct. 5, 2020. TheRead More →

Brook Stone Living Center, a nursing home in Pollocksville, is enduring a major COVID-19 outbreak that has contributed to the deaths of 11 residents there. The facility accounts for 11 of Jones County’s 17 COVID-19-related deaths. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports that the facility has had 15 staff and 56 residents who have tested positive for the virus at Brook Stone Living Center. The facility, located at 8990 U.S. Highway 17 in Pollocksville, is not allowing visitors and all internal and external group activities are cancelled, according to its website. Riverpoint Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center off Old Cherry PointRead More →

Craven County has 1,443 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of noon on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, adding 40 new cases since noon Friday. The county has 307 active cases, although the number of deaths and the number of hospitalized cases remained unchanged over the weekend. Of the newest cases, 18 additional cases were confirmed on Sept. 18, 2020, 12 on Sept. 19, 2020, and 10 on Sept. 20, 2020. Out of the 1,443 confirmed positive cases, 1,105 have recovered. Of the 1,443 cases, 18 have been related to out-of-state travel, 223 are from community transmission, 946 are direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, 195Read More →

An unidentified person died of COVID-19-related causes today, becoming the 29th Craven County resident to die from complications related to the Novel Coronavirus. As with all other Craven County deaths, the individual had underlying health conditions. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on Aug. 17, 2020 and resulted positive on Aug. 20, 2020. The death was reported to the Craven County Health Department on Sept. 10, 2020. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released. Craven County has 1,210 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2020. Of those, 223 are active, nine are hospitalized, andRead More →

Craven County invites residents who wish to dispose of debris generated by Hurricane Isaias to visit any of seven convenience sites for assistance. Normal hours of operation for the convenience sites are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The seven Craven County Solid Waste Convenience sites are located at: 3405 NC Highway 101, Havelock 605 NC Highway 55 East New Bern 205 Belltown Road, Dover 7240 Highway 70 East, New Bern 4001 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern 121 Sanders Lane, New Bern, North Carolina 246 Bailey Lane Vanceboro Vegetative debris should beRead More →

Based on the guidance from local public health agencies regarding COVID-19, the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Dementia Education Conference will now be offered as a virtual option and will be free of charge to all North Carolina residents. Hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern North Carolina Chapter and the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, this year’s theme is “The Power of Many” and will take place on Wednesday, September 2 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The event – presented by Sharon Towers – is the largest educational conference about Alzheimer’s disease in the state and will bring together those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, caregivers andRead More →

Craven County added 60 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past seven days, an average of 8.5 cases per day. The Craven County Health Department reported 450 cases as of Monday morning, while the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 452 cases. No deaths were reported during that weeklong period in the region, and recoveries continue to keep pace with new cases. There are 21 patients who are under investigation by contact tracers to determine how they contracted the disease. The eight counties including Craven and surrounding counties saw an increase of 346 cases during that weeklong period, for a daily average ofRead More →

Some bad news and some good news. Once Craven County got past a supercluster of family, friends, and co-workers that originated in Lenoir County, it settled back into a relentlessly consistent rate of increase about five times greater than it was before the cluster emerged. (That’s the bad news.) On the other hand, the number of recovered cases is outpacing the number of new cases, the number of hospitalizations has remained steady, and the number of deaths has decreased from four in April, to one each in May and June. The last statistical update from New Bern Post was June 22, due to a staffRead More →

The Lenoir County Health Department is reporting the ninth death in the county of a resident who had tested positive for COVID-19. The patient was under 65 and had underlying medical conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information will be released. It is Lenoir County’s second death and a week. Onslow County also reported a death in the last week. The eight-county region including Craven County has seen a spike in new cases and deaths in the last week.Read More →