More grim milestones to report today for COVID-19 in Craven County.

  • Two more deaths reported since yesterday bring the total death count to 18.
  • The number of cases in Craven County passed 800.
  • The amount of time between 700 cases and 800 cases was just seven days.
  • And the number of hospitalizations reached 14.

These are all records for Craven County.

The two additional Craven County deaths bring the total deaths to 18. Of the eight counties in and around Craven County, Craven leads in the number of deaths even though Pitt and Onslow greatly outnumber it in total cases:

  • Pitt County: 2,161 confirmed cases and 11 deaths.
  • Onslow County: 1,154 confirmed cases and 12 deaths.
  • Craven County: 801 confirmed cases and 18 deaths.

August has been the deadliest month in Craven County during this pandemic, with eight deaths out of 18 recorded since the first cases emerged in mid-March.

Key dates for Craven County throughout the pandemic

The 17th Craven County resident died on Aug. 13, 2020.  The individual was tested for COVID-19 on July 27, 2020 and resulted positive on July 28, 2020.  The death was reported to the Craven County Health Department on Aug. 13, 2020.

The 18th Craven County resident also died on Aug. 13, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on July 21, 2020 and resulted positive on July 24, 2020. The death was reported to the Craven County Health Department on Aug. 13, 2020.

Both individuals had underlying health conditions. To protect the privacy of each individual’s family, no further information about the individuals will be released.

It was not divulged whether the latest deaths are related to a COVID-19 hot spot at PruittHealth-East, a New Bern skilled nursing facility where 55 patients and 16 staff have fallen ill, and four patients have died as of Tuesday. An update on the situation there is expected to be released by the state on Friday.

Craven County has 801 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 13, 2020. That’s an increase of 19 cases in one day.

Out of the 801 confirmed positive cases, 583 of those individuals have recovered, 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.

Of the 801 cases, 12 have been related to out of state travel, 160 are from community transmission, 555 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, and 53 are still being investigated.

Fourteen of the active COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized.

Craven County Snapshot | Aug. 13, 2020



  1. Firsltly, I would like to send my heart thought prayers to the families that have lost a loved on. Secondly, Did these people die of covid-19 or complications from other conditions that played a factor in thier passing? Third, increased numbers of positive tests, were the teat administered the one that test for the active virus or the rapid test that can be read as positive since it tests for anti-bodies as well? Fourth, number of hospitalizations, were rhese patients admitted for covid virus or other factors with the covid?

    1. Author

      Every death so far in Craven County has had other contributing health factors. My hunch is that the high number of deaths in August are related to the hot spot at PruittHealth-Trent, but new numbers from the state for nursing home cases won’t be released until tomorrow afternoon. As for your other questions, the information provided in this article is sourced from the Craven County Health Department, which releases daily updates Monday through Friday.

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