Craven County has been averaging about 80 new COVID-19 cases per day since Friday. It also added two virus-related deaths, bringing the county’s death toll to 82. But, on the bright side, you can get your cocktail to go or even have it delivered to your home, all in the name of containing the spread. (More) Go here for more New Bern Post COVID-19 coverage. Today’s New Bern Post update includes updates of all informational graphics, comparisons, and data collections, so if you’re into that kind of thing, you’ll want to check it out. Starting with deaths. Two unidentified Craven County residents have died fromRead More →

Craven County had its highest—OK, we’ll say it, its WORST—one-day increase in new COVID-19 cases Wednesday to Thursday. There were 149 new cases of lab-confirmed COVID-19 during that 24-hour period. The previous 1-day record was 86 cases on Dec. 10. Craven School Board to hold special meeting to discuss COVID-19 situation. Large number of infected staff making it difficult for district to hold classes. MORE Craven County has 4,135 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of noon Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, up from 3,986 the previous day. The number of active cases also jumped, now at 722 cases; 65 people were added to the recovered category inRead More →

While some local counts may be cancelled due to regional COVID-19 rules, many community scientists across the hemisphere will carry on one of the longest-running wildlife censuses in a socially distanced fashion. For the 121st year, the National Audubon Society is organizing the annual Audubon CBC. Between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, bird-loving volunteers will participate in counts across North Carolina and across the Western Hemisphere all while abiding by Audubon’s COVID-19 guidelines.  The 12 decades’ worth of data collected by participants continue to contribute to one of only two large existing pools of information notifying ornithologists and conservation biologists about what conservation action is required to protectRead More →

Craven County set another one-day record for new cases between Wednesday and Thursday at 86, setting another record, this one for active cases at 607, while recorded its 76th COVID-19-related death. Next door, Pamlico County Schools is temporarily shuttering in-person classes after Friday “due to rising numbers in positive COVID cases and mandatory quarantines throughout the school district.” All Pamlico K-8 students will attend class virtually between Dec. 14-18. Grades 9-12 will follow their exam schedule next week. After Christmas Break, all classes will be virtual between Jan. 4-15. Support local journalism. Go here to learn more. “By adding 2 virtual weeks at the beginningRead More →

Craven County on Tuesday reported the second worst one-day increases in the number of COVID-19 cases, and exposure to the virus has temporarily closed the county Register of Deeds office with no immediate way to provide document recording services. The Craven County Health Department reported 63 new cases between Monday afternoon and 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. It was the second worst single day of increases since about a month ago, Oct. 29-30, when 76 new cases were reported in the county over a 24-hour period. Just a few days ago, between Nov. 24-25, there were 62 cases were reported, the third highest single-dayRead 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 →

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 →

Early and absentee voting in Craven County on Sunday reached 92.9 percent of the total votes cast for president in Craven County in 2016. Voter turnout for the 2020 General Election in Craven County was 60.2 percent of the county’s registered voters. So far, 43,907 ballots have been cast in Craven County between early voting and absentee voting. Put in perspective, 47,238 ballots were cast in Craven County in the 2016 Presidential Election, including Election Day. Early voting ended Saturday, but absentee ballots are still being delivered. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. AnyRead More →

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 →

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 →