Craven County health officials have come up short trying to find the sources of 41 COVID-19 infections and have added a new category of contagion: “Unknown.”

“With the number of cases increasing, this was done as a way for me to separate those cases that are still being investigated and those that are truly unknown,” said Amber Tabarrini, public information officer for the Craven County Health Department. “The ‘unknown’ cases are those that the Communicable Disease staff are not able to get information from after many attempts with phone calls and letters being mailed.

“We may not have a good working phone number for some individuals and others don’t return phone calls or just refuse to talk to our staff,” she said.

Craven County has 1,105 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Sept. 3, 2020. Of those, 150 are active infections.

It took just five days for Craven County to add its most recent 100 cases.

There have been 27 deaths related to COVID-19. Five of the active COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized.  

Out of the 1,105 confirmed positive cases, 928 have recovered. The recovered cases completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 24 hours.

Of the 1,105 cases, 15 have been related to out of state travel, 209 are from community transmission, 778 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, 62 are still being investigated, and 41 are unknown.  


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