COVID-19 spikes in Craven and Lenoir counties have significantly outpaced COVID-19 growth in much larger counties in the region, and the number of recoveries in Craven County is losing ground to new and active cases.

Craven County has 79 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 2020, an increase of 10 over 24 hours, the Craven County Health Department reported.

Craven County and its neighboring and nearby counties saw an increase of 29 cases over the past 24 hours, with increases of 10 each in Craven and Lenoir counties.

The Craven County Health Department did not say whether the latest increase was related to a cluster of 14 family and friends that had been reported on Wednesday.

Either way, the 34 new cases over the past 72 hours is a 30 percent increase in the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Craven County.

The ill-timed spike in cases comes as Craven County relaxes its restrictions and as Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes announced that he will not enforce restrictions on church gatherings.

For the first time since April 16, the number of active cases exceeded the number of recovered cases. Recoveries have not kept pace with new and active cases since April 28.

Out of the 79 confirmed positive cases, 37 of those individuals have recovered, 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 79 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 23 are from community transmission, and 49 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive. There have been four deaths related to COVID-19. Of the active COVID-19 cases, one is currently hospitalized from Craven County, and one from another county.  

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

Total Confirmed Cases Craven County

Active Cases

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Currently Hospitalized 

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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. 

This article will be reposted with updated local information as well as regional and statewide statistics as it becomes available later today.


Lenoir and Craven counties each saw increases of 10 cases over the previous 24 hours. Pitt County still leads the region, however. Over all, the eight-county region centered on Craven County saw an increase of 29 cases over the previous 24 hours.


Updated daily by 11 a.m. Last updated 11:00 a.m., May 14, 2020. 

The state saw an increase of 691 confirmed cases and 18 deaths over the past 24 hours. The number of hospitalized patients increased by 14 during that time period.


Laboratory-Confirmed Cases Deaths Completed Tests Currently Hospitalized Number of Counties
16,507 615  219,268 507 99

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. 

New: Weekly report on COVID-19 Patients Presumed to be Recovered updated every Monday by 4 p.m.

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.

For COVID-19 U.S. case information go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

1 Comment

  1. I find it disturbing that our Sheriff has decided to not follow the law and take it upon himself to interpret the Constitution. My understanding is that we have a mechanism for determining what is Constitutional; the Supreme Court.
    Beyond that, he has decided not to protect the vulnerable people in his community. He apparently will not enforce social distancing, and therefore endanger his entire community. This is painful.

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