Craven County added eight lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total count for the county to 198  as of 11 a.m. on May 29, 2020.

All eight new cases could be tracked to known sources, and because of that, are not being blamed on Phase 1 relaxation of restrictions beginning May 8 or Phase 2 that began May 22.

Out of the 198 confirmed positive cases, 103 are active, 90 have recovered, five have died, and three are hospitalized.

The recovered cases completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours.

Of the 198 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 27 are from community transmission, and 164 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive.

Digging deeper

In addition to its regular daily update, the Craven County Health Department released revised statistics that shed light on the nature of how COVID-19 is affecting Craven County.

For example, COVID-19 is generally regarded as a disease that affects the elderly, but in Craven County, 43 percent are between the ages of 25 and 49, and the same percentage of “elderly” patients — 28 percent — is affecting people 24 years old and younger.

It should be noted that the number of people 24 and younger is much higher than the number of people 50 years and older. Put simply, older people are being infected at a higher per capita rate than younger people, but the actual number of patients is the same between the two demographics.

Infected men outnumber infected women, 55 percent to 45 percent, even though there are slightly more women in Craven County than men.

Craven County’s death rate is just over half that of North Carolina as a whole, although Craven County has one of the highest numbers of deaths in the eight-county region in and around Craven County.

Direct contact with sources known to be sick is 83 percent of the cases, with “community transmission” — unknown sources from within the community — representing 14 percent of the cases.

Total Confirmed Cases Craven County

Active Cases

Craven County

Recovered 

Craven County

Deaths

Craven County

Currently Hospitalized 

Craven County

198

103

90

5

3

 

 

 

 

 

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.            

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

AGE

0-17

18-24

25-49

50-64

65+

Percent of Total Cases

18%

10%

43%

19%

9%

 

GENDER

Male

Female

   Percent of Total Cases

55%

45%

DEATH RATE

North Carolina

Craven County

Per 100,000   

8.19

4.89

MODE OF TRANSMISSION

Travel

Community Transmission

Direct Contact

   Percent of Total Cases

4%

14%

83%

* Rates are calculated using population estimates from the US Census Bureau

 

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