Both my wife Sarah and I assumed we would feel better today. We were wrong. In some ways, we feel worse. We are Day 6 into COVID-19 at our house, which I announced to New Bern Post readers yesterday. I had a freelance assignment due on Wednesday that I got moved to Thursday, then without permission moved it to Friday before finally turning it in just a few minutes ago, late Saturday morning. I worked between coughing fits and bouts of exhaustion before I was finally able to click “save”, “attach”, and “send.” I have just enough energy left to update readers about COVID-19 atRead More →

CarolinaEast Health System and Local Providers Partner For 5th Annual Health Conference CarolinaEast Medical Center’s Crossroads Mental Health hosts New Bern’s Fifth Annual Health Conference to provide the community with an opportunity to learn what mental health resources are available in our area, as well as increase collaboration with state and local agencies, law enforcement, medical providers, consumers and their families. The Conference will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday September 25thfrom 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., with several scheduled presentations. The day will focus on the mental health crisis in our country and the continued efforts by healthcare professionals to better manage regionalRead 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 →

The Bosch Community Fund awarded a $9,950 grant to Craven County Schools to support the “Leader in Me – Leading the Way” program at Vanceboro Farm Life ElementarySchool. Dan Palimetakis, principal at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School (VFL), explains, “The “Leader in Me” is a philosophy in academic learning which provides a holistic, school-wide experience. It creates a common language and culture with commonplace, age-appropriate ways to integrate the principles of personal leadership and effectiveness into core subjects and curriculum.  Leader in Me schools report a decline in discipline problems along with an increase in student, parent and teacher satisfaction, common language, and parent engagement.” “WeRead More →

Last night, the Board of Education learned of the many preparations that are being made by the school district to safely return to school while considering the health and well-being of students and staff. The Board of Education voted unanimously to transition from Plan C (all remote learning) to Plan B (moderate social distancing), which will go into effect on October 6, 2020 for the early college high schools and October 19, 2020 for the traditional schools. The Plan B schedule for students will be as follows: Remote learning (Craven LIVE) will remain an option for our families who decided they are not ready toRead More →

Domestic visitors to and within Craven County spent $155 million in 2019, an increase of 4.3 percent from 2018. The data comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. “Tourism has an enormous effect on New Bern and Craven County and we are thrilled with the continued growth in our area.” Judy Avery, marketing director, New Bern-Craven County Convention and Visitor Center. Tourism impact highlights for 2019:• The travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 1,180 in Craven County. • Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Craven County was $31.16Read More →

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, during the September Board of Education Work Session the Board of Education received several presentations as they consider whether to return to school in Plan B at the end of the first nine weeks of instruction. The system continues preparations to return to school for in-person instruction. If the Board decides to transition the school system to Plan B, the first days of instruction would be October 6th, 2020 for early college students and October 19th, 2020, for our traditional schools. The Board of Education took no formal action during the meeting however they plan on receiving public input atRead More →

Craven County Partners In Education was recently presented with a $1,400 check for the Stuff the Bus campaign by Baxter Eye Care. It is through generous community partnerships that Stuff the Bus can help in meeting the needs of those students who have been identified as in-need in Craven County Schools. From July 15-August 21, Baxter Eye Care donated $10 for every pair of eyeglasses purchased to the Stuff the Bus campaign. Stuff the Bus was held Saturday, August 15. However, donations are accepted throughout the year at Craven County Schools, Central Services, 3600 Trent Road. A school supply list can be found at https://cravenpartners.com/.Read More →

Just as COVID-19 outbreaks at Craven County nursing homes are brought under control (see chart below), Craven County assisted living complexes are experiencing outbreaks of their own. Croatan Village Assisted Living Facility reported 24 residents have tested positive for the virus at a facility that started with two cases, all among staff, according to new and previously released data. It is a licensed 72-bed assisted living and memory care facility located at 4522 Old Cherry Point Road. Courtyards at Berne Village reports that four staff and two residents have the virus. The 80-bed facility is located at 2701 Amhurst Blvd. in New Bern. And RHARead 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 →