Craven County averaged six new cases per day over the weekend, with all attributed to previously known positive cases of COVID-19.

In the 72 hours since the Craven County Health Department’s previous report, which was Friday, the number of new cases increased by 18, the number of active cases has increased from 73 to 90 cases, and the number of hospitalizations increased from three to five cases.

Meanwhile, the number of recovered cases increased by just one.

“All of the newest cases in today’s report are a direct contact to a previously confirmed positive case,” said Amber Tabarrini, a Craven County Health Department official. “About half of those cases are connected to the cluster that dramatically increased our numbers in the month of May. The other new cases are due to contact with some of the community spread cases that we have reported since the end of May.”

In the eight-county region in and around Craven County, there was an increase of 18 cases over the past 24 hours. One death was also reported in Lenoir County.

Absent any reports over the weekend from the Craven County Health Department, the Post relied on numbers from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Numbers between the two agencies often differ from day to day, but generally keep pace with each other.

Armed with fresh numbers on Monday morning, the Craven County Health Department said Craven County has 239 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on June 8, 2020.

Of the newest cases, nine were confirmed on June 6, 2020, one on June 7, 2020, and seven on June 8, 2020.

Of the 239 cases, eight have been related to out of state travel, 31 are from community transmission, 196 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, and four are unknown at this time.  There have been five deaths related to COVID-19. Five of the active COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized.

Out of the 239 confirmed positive cases, 144 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.


Finally, Gov. Roy Cooper held a news conference on Monday in which he pointed out the state’s COVID-19 cases are trending in the wrong direction, which could affect Phase 3 and could affect reopening public schools in the fall.

Urging continued vigilance, Cooper said, “I would rather open schools than bars.”

As one of New Bern Post’s less enlightened readers commented online today, “Unable to believe that roy cooper and randy foster with their combined medical expertise have not been invited along with NC DHHS director to consult with the CDC on covid solutions.”

Governor Cooper relaxed restrictions under pressure from protesters, Republican leaders, and President Trump. The numbers show the consequences.

How effective have preventive measures been for North Carolina? Here’s a chart arranged by number of cases and deaths (unsurprisingly, the same ranking) compared to where the state stands in population. North Carolina ranks 9th in population and 17th in cases and deaths.

Here’s the data:




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