An ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 has infected 49 people at Craven Correctional Facility near Vanceboro, helping propel the number of cases in Craven County past the 1,000 mark.

Meanwhile, another death was reported related to COVID-19, bringing Craven County’s death toll to 27 since the virus was first detected in Craven County in mid-March.

One death reported last week was at Riverpoint Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 2600 Old Cherry Point Road in New Bern.

Earlier today, Craven County Schools reported a fourth COVID-19 case from among its staff, having reported three at Creekside Elementary School last week. The district did not say where the fourth case was based. More

Craven County has 1,056 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2020. It passed the 1,000 mark on Sunday/

Of the newest cases, 14 additional cases were confirmed in the afternoon on Aug. 28, 2020, 56 on Aug. 29, 2020, five on Aug. 30, 2020, and 10 today.

Out of the 1,056 confirmed positive cases, 836 have recovered.

Of the 1,056 cases, 15 have been related to out of state travel, 199 are from community transmission, 754 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, and 88 are still being investigated.

There have been 27 deaths related to COVID-19. Four of the active COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized.

A death on Sunday was the 27th COVID-19-related death in Craven County.

The unidentified resident died from complications related to COVID-19 on Aug. 30, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on Aug. 11, 2020 and resulted positive on Aug. 12, 2020. The death was reported to the Craven County Health Department on Aug. 31, 2020. The individual had underlying health conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released.

August has been the deadliest month for Craven County during this pandemic, with 17 out of 27 total deaths occurring in August.


Craven Correctional Institution

Craven Correctional Institution is located at 600 Alligator Road near Vanceboro. It has a capacity for 850 inmates.

To prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, prison visitation was suspended as of Monday, March 16, 2020, with the exception of legal and pastoral visits. Those visitors are subject to medical screening prior to entrance.

Go here for a summary of steps the North Carolina Department of Public Safety has taken in response to COVID-19.

Statewide, there are 46 correctional facility outbreaks affecting 3,327 inmates with 38 deaths.

Several dozen prisoners barricaded themselves in a housing area at Craven Correctional Institution a week ago Sunday after about 82 inmates were upset at having to follow pandemic medical protocols, according to a Department of Public Safety spokesman.

“This situation has been resolved. No force was used. No one was injured,” spokesman John Bull told the Raleigh News & Observer.

The Prison Emergency Response Team took control of the disturbance in the cell block a short time later, the News & Observer reported. Craven Correctional will remain on lock down until further notice.

The facility is one of the state’s largest prison processing centers, according to its website.

After men are convicted of felonies, they enter the state prison system by first going through processing at the medium security prison.



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