Craven County has three new confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, bringing the county total to 54 cases.

New cases are now slightly outpacing recovered cases in the county, and the rate of new cases has picked up its pace over the past week by two to three new cases per day.

This increase has also been reflected in neighboring and nearby counties, particularly Pitt and Lenoir counties. Among these counties, there has been an increase of 26 new cases in the past 48 hours.

Craven County’s growth has put it in third place among these counties (see graphic, below), passing Onslow County, which has almost twice the population as Craven County.

Craven County continues to be tied for the most deaths in this region, at four. Only Lenoir County has that many deaths among regional counties.

Meanwhile, Craven County commissioners and the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce have sought permission from the state to further relax restrictions in the county.

With Phase 1 of statewide relaxed restrictions in place, many stores in Craven County reopened on Saturday, as did the New Bern Farmers Market.

At the Farmers Market, I saw crowds of people ignoring social distancing guidelines and few wearing masks. To avoid risk to myself, I did not enter the building.

The Craven County Health Department, meanwhile, reported just one new case over the past 24 hours Sunday, with its count at 52 cases.

When using the NCDHHS COVID-19 site to stay up to date, county case numbers may change once residency is verified, and the total number on the county map may differ from the number of Craven County Cases.

In Craven County, 37 COVID-19 patients have recovered, 13 are active, and four have died.

Of the 52 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 48 are from community transmission from unknown sources, or direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case.

There have been four deaths related to COVID-19. None of the active COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized.

 

Total Confirmed Cases Craven County

Active Cases

Craven County

Recovered 

Craven County

Deaths

Craven County

Currently Hospitalized 

Craven County

54

13

37

4

0

 

The Craven County Health Department works with state, commercial, and private labs to track the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Craven County. Health care providers determine which lab they send their COVID-19 tests to. There are multiple hospital and commercial labs that conduct COVID-19 tests. These labs manage their own supplies and operate independently from the Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health.

Craven County will continue to track and post the number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases; however, it is important to recognize there are many people with COVID-19 who will not be included in daily counts of laboratory-confirmed cases, including:

  • People who had minimal or no symptoms and were not tested.
  • People who had symptoms but did not seek medical care.
  • People who sought medical care but were not tested.
  • People with COVID-19 in whom the virus was not detected by testing.

The number of laboratory-confirmed cases will increasingly provide a limited picture of the spread of infections in Craven County as COVID-19 becomes more widespread and the number of infected people who are not included in the daily counts of laboratory-confirmed cases increases.       

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