Craven County’s first COVID-19 case was detected in March 2020. Now, just shy of its first anniversary, the county has passed the 8,000 mark, with 8,012 lab-confirmed cases as of earlier today, Feb. 18, 2021.

Also during that near-one-year time period, 113 Craven County residents died of COVID-19-related reasons.

On the bright side, Craven County recorded 608 cases over the last 14 days.

That’s a bright spot because the number of new cases over a 14-day period had been over 900 cases immediately following the Holidays.

That means the county, like much of the rest of the nation, has gone over the post-holiday spike in cases. Concurrently, more and more Craven County residents are being vaccinated, and virtually all the county’s front-line medical professionals have been fully vaccinated.

The area around Craven County continues to be a bit of a hot spot relative to the rest of the state. Craven, Pitt, and Beaufort counties all report elevated cases, while Pamlico, Jones, and Lenoir counties are reporting even higher levels, as show in this map of new cases reported in the past 7 days.

New cases in North Carolina over the past 7 days. Source: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

A total of 557 Craven County residents have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of last Friday. Twenty-three of the COVID-19 cases had been hospitalized as last Friday. New numbers will be reported on Friday.

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