COVID-19 infects 14 friends and family in Craven County cluster
Craven County reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, attributed to a cluster isolated to a segment of friends and family members.
No further details were provided by the Health Department about the cluster.
It can be concluded, however, that a majority of the new cases reside in the 28562 ZIP code area of New Bern, which also saw a spike in cases,
The new cases bring Craven County’s case count to 69 based on Health Department accounting methods, and 71 based on North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services accounts.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is still reporting 55 cases in Craven County as of noon Wednesday, and does not include this new cluster of 14 people.
The two reporting agencies often differ from day to day.
Of the 14 new cases, seven were confirmed in the afternoon on May 12, 2020 and seven were confirmed on May 13, 2020.
Out of the 69 confirmed positive cases reported by the Craven County Health Department, 37 of those individuals have recovered, 28 are still sick, and four have died.
A person is considered recovered if they are doing well and are out of isolation. The recovered cases completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours.
Of the 69 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 23 are from community transmission, and 39 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive within the community.
Of the active COVID-19 cases, one is currently hospitalized.
Total Confirmed Cases Craven County
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.
In the region in and around Craven County, 20 confirmed cases and one death were reported over the past 24 hours. The largest growth was attributed to Craven County’s cluster of 14.
Updated daily by 11 a.m. Last updated 10:40 a.m., May 13, 2020.
Number of Counties
N.C. confirmed cases: 15,816 (+470 or +3.1 percent since Tuesday). N.C. deaths: 597 (+20 or +3.5 percent since Tuesday)
Knowing when to dial up or down social distancing and other protections depends on two factors: our Trends in key metrics, and our capacity to conduct Testing and Tracing. Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen announced a combination of key metrics that North Carolina is watching to inform decisions to ease restrictions. These key metrics are included below.
Laboratory-Confirmed Cases reflect cases that were tested and returned positive, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health, reporting hospitals and commercial labs. All data are preliminary. Not all cases of COVID-19 are tested, so this does not represent the total number of people in North Carolina who have or had COVID-19.
Deaths reflect deaths in persons with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 reported by local health departments to the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
Completed tests reflect testing completed by the NC State Laboratory of Public Health, reporting hospitals and commercial labs.
Currently hospitalized reflect the number of patients with COVID-19 that are currently hospitalized in reporting hospitals.