Craven County reported a significant increase in COVID-19 recoveries over the past 24 hours and no new cases of COVID-19 reported from lab testing.

The Memorial Day Weekend could be playing a role in the low number of cases. In the eight-county region in and around Craven County, there were just three new cases, all in Pitt County. After several weeks of accelerated growth in COVID-19 cases, it seems more than a coincidence that almost no new cases would appear in lab tests during a three-day weekend.

Out of the 186 confirmed positive cases, 63 of those individuals have recovered, an increase of eight over the past 24 hours, according to Craven County Health Department statistics.

This is the first positive development in Craven County’s struggle with COVID-19 since early May, before a spike in cases in a cluster of family, friends, and co-workers.

Recovered patients are doing well, and are out of isolation. The recovered cases completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours.

Craven County has 186 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on May 26, 2020. The NC Department of Health and Human Services, meanwhile, reported 192 cases, with no additional cases over the past 24 hours.

Of the 186 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 26 are from community transmission, and 153 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case.

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


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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.   

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