Craven County’s COVID-19 case rate continues to climb by 100 new cases every two days, and will likely surpass 3,000 total cases by the time you read this article. At 431 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days, Craven County is well over the 300 mark to be flagged as a county of concern by the White House COVID-19 Task Force. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports that Craven County has 3,032 cases. According to the Craven County Health Department, the county reached 2,936 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Of those,Read More →

In response to rising COVID-19 cases in New Bern and Craven County, the City of New Bern has partnered with Greene County Health Care, Inc. (GCHC) to host three (3) upcoming COVID-19 testing events that are at no cost to the public. The dates, times and locations are as follows: Monday, Dec. 7, 2020: 11am-3pm at Lawson Creek Park, 1309 Country Club Road Monday, Dec. 14, 2020: 11am-3pm at West New Bern Recreation Center, 1225 Pinetree Drive Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020: 11am-3pm at Henderson Park, 901 Chapman St. Thanks to state and federal funding, there is no cost to have a COVID-19 test. The NorthRead More →

A Message from Jocelyn Konrad, EVP, Chief Pharmacy Officer Rite Aid is staged and ready to make the COVID-19 vaccine available in all of the communities we serve. On behalf of our 55,000 Rite Aid associates, I’d like assure you of our commitment to help you and your family keep safe and healthy during this unprecedented pandemic. We’re proud to support our communities with COVID-19 testing, and are eager to further support our communities by distributing the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available.  Through our partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an official COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider, we are stagedRead More →

Craven County health officials are working out details for how a COVID-19 vaccine would be distributed in the county once one becomes available, which could be soon. “We are hearing that we may get our first shipments in December,” said Scott Harrelson, Craven County health director. Health departments, hospitals, private offices, and pharmacies are slated to receive the vaccine for distribution, he said. “We are not sure how many doses we will receive right now,” Harrelson said. “They will most likely be a two dose vaccine, three to four weeks apart. There are different risk groups—long-term care residents, high-risk individuals, and front-line medical staff will be atRead More →

The 2020 holiday season is going to be different, but North Carolina retailers are in excited anticipation, and the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA), along with its 2,500 retail members across the state, encourage consumers to #ShopNC this year. The Thanksgiving holiday typically ushers in the official start of the holiday shopping season however, given the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, retailers are adapting their strategies to ensure they are serving customers safely and effectively. Some are choosing to close on Thanksgiving Day; others are offering several months of “Black Friday” deals; and others will be featuring the same deals both in-stores andRead More →

10 more counties designated as Red for Critical Community Spread; Craven still Orange—’Substantial Community Spread’ Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and runs through Friday, Dec. 11.  “I have a stark warning for North Carolinians today: We are in danger,” Governor Cooper said. “This is a pivotal moment in our fight against the coronavirus. Our actions now will determine the fate of many.” In addition to extending PhaseRead More →

Here is a compiled list of the number of days it took to add 100 cases in Craven County, starting with the first 100 cases. Days to add 100 new cases Milestone Days to add 100 100 67 200 11 300 20 400 16 500 10 600 8 700 12 800 7 900 8 1,000 9 1,100 5 1,200 5 1,300 5 1,400 3 1,500 7 1,600 5 1,700 3 1,800 3 1,900 3 2,000 3 2,100 4 2,200 5 2,300 5 2,400 4 2,500 7 2,600 2 2,700 2 2,800 2 Source: Compiled Craven County Health Department numbersRead More →

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s highest one-day number of COVID-19 cases with 4,296 new cases reported. Craven County had 39 new COVID-19 cases reported during that time period. Craven County in total has had 2,754 COVID-19 cases, of which 162 are active and 68 have died. The record-high day follows several days of increasing trends in new cases, the percent of tests that are positive and hospitalizations. The weekly COVID-19 Surveillance SummaryOpen PDF report released Thursday on the number of people visiting the emergency department with COVID-like illness also showed an increase. “I am very concerned,” said NCDHHSRead More →

Craven County passed the 2,700 mark and recorded another death during the past 24 hours, bringing the county’s COVID-19 death toll to 68. There are 2,715 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. There are 196 active cases and 11 hospitalizations of Craven County residents. For more COVID-19 coverage, go here. Out of the 2,715 confirmed positive cases, 2,451 have recovered. Of the 2,715 cases, 30 have been related to out-of-state travel, 573 are from community transmission, 1,725 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, 161 are still being investigated, and 226 are unknown.   An unidentifiedRead More →

Following a meeting on Nov. 10, the Craven County Board of Education decided all students in grades 1 through 5 will switch to to four days a week of in-person learning starting Jan. 7, 2021. In-person learning will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will continue to be a dedicated remote-learning day. This change comes amid a upward trajectory across the nation in the rate of spread of the virulent, deadly virus. And Craven County has been identified as a county with “substantial” viral spread. Moving students to this so-called “Plan A” scheme was authorized by Gov. Roy Cooper. “The current scienceRead More →