Craven County added 60 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past seven days, an average of 8.5 cases per day. The Craven County Health Department reported 450 cases as of Monday morning, while the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 452 cases.
No deaths were reported during that weeklong period in the region, and recoveries continue to keep pace with new cases.
There are 21 patients who are under investigation by contact tracers to determine how they contracted the disease.
The eight counties including Craven and surrounding counties saw an increase of 346 cases during that weeklong period, for a daily average of 57 cases — eight higher than the previous week.
Meanwhile, the Craven County Health Department resumed reporting of racial data in its weekly COVID-19 report, showing that 38 percent of Craven County patients have been Asian, or about 170 of the county’s 450 cases.
It was the first racial data the county has released since late April.
Asians account for about 1 percent of the county’s population but 38 percent of its COVID-19 cases.
Previous reports indicated that a super cluster in Craven County of family, friends, and co-workers was initially contracted at a food processing plant in Lenoir County.
It appears that the super cluster has been brought under control through a combination of isolation and recoveries.
According to census data, the racial makeup of Craven County was 69.94 percent White, 25.12 percent Black or African American, 0.42 percent Native American, 0.99 percent Asian, 0.06 percent Pacific Islander, 1.78 percent from other races, and 1.68 percent from two or more races.
4.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.