Craven County’s active COVID-19 case count jumped by 35 percent over the weekend, from 337 cases on Friday to 520 by Monday afternoon.

Craven County added 198 new lab-confirmed cases over the weekend, according to figures released by the Craven County Health Department.

The active case count eclipses the previous record of 320 set on Sept. 23, 2020.

Craven County also added two deaths to its list, bringing the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 to 75.

Craven County has 3,443 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Of the newest cases:

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  • 78 were confirmed on Dec. 4, 2020
  • 84 on Dec. 5, 2020
  • 34 on Dec. 6, 2020
  • 2 on Dec. 7, 2020

The 84 new cases on Saturday was also a record for a 24-hour period in Craven County, with the previous record of 78 being set Friday.

Out of the 3,443 confirmed positive cases, 2,848 of those individuals have recovered. That number only improved slightly since Friday. It is an indicator that new cases are outpacing recovering cases.

In all likelihood, this latest spike is due to close contact between friends and family members during Thanksgiving week.

The only good number coming out of today’s report by the Craven County Health Department is hospitalizations, at 14: down 1 since Friday, but likely due to a death of a COVID-19 patient on Sunday.

As for sources, here are those numbers: Of the 3,443 cases, 34 have been related to out-of-state travel, 699 are from community transmission, 1,951 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, 403 are still being investigated, and 356 are unknown.

The two Craven County deaths in the latest report were attributed to complications related to COVID-19 and both had underlying health conditions, as did all 73 Craven County residents who died before them.

One died on Dec. 2, 2020. The individual was tested on Nov. 17, 2020 and resulted positive on Nov. 19, 2020. The other died on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on Nov. 24, 2020 and resulted positive the same day.

To protect the privacy of each individual’s family, no further information about the individuals will be released.  

More New Bern Post COVID-19 coverage here.

Craven County snapshot

Confirmed Active Recovered DeathsHospitalized 
Source: Craven County

Craven County is not alone in escalating cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina.

On Saturday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued this statement:

In less than a week, we went from exceeding 5,000 new cases reported in one day to exceeding 6,000. This is very worrisome. We are seeing our highest rates of tests that come back positive despite the fact we are doing a lot of testing. This indicates we have even more viral spread across our state right now. We have record numbers of hospitalizations and people in the ICU. I am asking each North Carolinian to take personal responsibility for their actions and slowing the spread of this virus. Always wear a mask when with people you don’t live with, keep your distance from other people and wash your hands often. We are looking at what further actions we can take as a state to protect North Carolinians and save lives. 

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