Craven County has 81 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on May 15, 2020, the Craven County Health Department reported. adding that the recent spike in cases is unrelated to the Phase 1 reopening.  

As of today, 35 are from a cluster of friends and family that has emerged in testing results this week. Significantly, co-workers are now listed as being in the cluster.

“Over the past seven days there has been a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Craven County,” the Health Department said in its daily update. “While the increase in COVID-19 cases does coincide with Phase 1 re-opening, the new cases are not a result of Phase 1.”

Out of the 81 confirmed positive cases, 40 have recovered, 37 are active, and 4 have died.

Someone is considered recovered when they are doing well, completed the necessary isolation requirement, and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours.

Of the 81 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 24 are from community transmission, and 50 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive cases.

There have been four deaths related to COVID-19.

Two of the active COVID-19 cases from Craven County are hospitalized at CarolinaEast Medical Center. There is a third patient who resides in a different county, a hospital spokesperson said.


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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.


Over the past 24 hours, 23 cases have been confirmed in Craven County and neighboring and nearby counties.


There have been 622 new cases and 26 deaths statewide over the past 24 hours. Updated daily by 11 a.m. Last updated 11:00 a.m., May 15, 2020. 

Laboratory-Confirmed Cases Deaths Completed Tests Currently Hospitalized Number of Counties
17,129 641 231,547 492 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.

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