Six more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Craven County over the past 24 hours, including four whose origin has not yet been determined.

Along with the increase in confirmed cases is an increase in active cases, which had been declining as members of a super cluster recover from the highly contagious viral disease.

Craven County has 221 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on June 5, 2020.

Of the 221 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 31 are from community transmission, 179 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive, and four are unknown at this time.

Out of the 221 confirmed positive cases, 143 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.

There have been five deaths related to COVID-19. Three of the active COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized.

Because readers have asked, here is the breakdown by ZIP code of COVID-19 cases. Since May 30, the 28562 ZIP code has seen an increase of five cases. The 28560 ZIP code saw an increase of three cases. The 28586 ZIP code (Vanceboro area) saw an increase of six cases. Other ZIP codes in the Craven County area saw no or negligible increases in lab-confirmed cases.

A comparison of recent data shows that the Vanceboro area has seen a fairly significant increase in cases, from 8 to 14 cases.

It is difficult to parse the publicly available data, but recent increases have been largely community-spread, leading one to conclude that community-spread cases (as opposed to known sources) is surging in that area.


Here is other info from the Craven County Health Department’s Friday report:


Craven County COVID-19 Cases by Age, Gender, Death Rate, and Mode of Transmission







Percent of Total Cases











   Percent of Total Cases




North Carolina

Craven County

Per 100,000   

         9.15 *data from 6-4-20





Community Transmission

Direct Contact


   Percent of Total Cases







Missing from recent Friday reports is the racial and ethnic mix of COVID-19 cases. Early reports showed a disproportionate percentage of African Americans being infected with the virus (62 percent of infections, though African Americans account for 21 percent of the county’s population as a whole).

The county stopped reporting racial and ethnic data once there was a cluster of family, friends, and co-workers that accounted for a majority of the county’s cases (80 percent at one point).

Had the county continued to report the racial and ethnic data, the spike cluster would have shown up in the overall data and may have made revealed who they were, or at least what community they were part of.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) restricts medical practitioners from revealing personal information about patients. The county has carried that law one step further, even withholding information about the five people who have died of COVID-19 or COVID-19 was a factor in their death, even though their death certificates are public record.


The eight-county region in and around Craven County saw a 24-hour increase of 30 lab-confirmed cases, about on track with its daily totals. Pitt County leads the region, with Lenoir County following about 100 cases behind, but Craven County is slowly catching up with Lenoir County and is within six cases (see chart below).



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