Craven County reaches 140 COVID-19 cases, with 91 active
Craven County has 140 confirmed COVID-19 cases, two new cases over the past 24 hours. The Craven County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services agree on the current total.
Out of the 140 confirmed positive cases, 91 are active and four are hospitalized.
Half to just over half of the county’s total cases are attributed to a cluster of family, friends, and co-workers who reside in the 2852 ZIP code and stems from a worksite outside of Craven County that was spread as the patients commuted to their job and then spent time with their families.
Eighty-seven patients have been asked to recuperate and isolate at home.
Forty-five patients are classified as recovered and are out of isolation.
Of the 140 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 25 are from community transmission, and 108 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case.
Total Confirmed Cases Craven County
The Craven County Health Department works with state, commercial, and private labs to track the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Craven County. Health care providers determine which lab they send their COVID-19 tests to. There are multiple hospital and commercial labs that conduct COVID-19 tests. These labs manage their own supplies and operate independently from the Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health.
Craven County will continue to track and post the number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases; however, 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.
There have been 17 new cases in the eight-county region in and around Craven County over the past 24 hours.
While Pitt, Lenoir, and Craven counties have the three highest numbers of COVID-19 patients, the rate of infection per 10,000 tells a different story — sort of.
Looking at it from a perspective of the rate of infection, Lenoir County leads this region with 30, followed by Jones County, a county of about a thousand people with 22 cases and two deaths. Craven County still comes in third using this metric, with 14 cases per 10,000 residents.
Although North Carolina continues to see new cases and new deaths, the rates are such that Gov. Roy Cooper has initiated a modified Phase 2 of reduced preventive measures, to take place at 5 p.m. Friday.