A Craven County resident died from complications related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, bringing the death toll in Craven County to 22 since the virus was first detected here in mid-March.

There have been 12 deaths in August alone in Craven County due to COVID-19.

Put in perspective, there were 16 deaths due to flu or flu-like symptoms in Craven County during the flu season that started in October 2019.

There have been 186 deaths statewide during the flu season that started 2019. (There were 391 deaths the previous flu season.)

The individual who died on Tuesday was tested for COVID-19 on Aug. 2, 2020 and resulted positive on Aug. 3, 2020. The death was reported to the Craven County Health Department on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.

The individual had several underlying health conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released.

Craven County has 867 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 — an increase of 28 over the previous 24 hours.

Of the newest COVID-19 cases, 20 can be attributed to direct contact among an isolated cluster of individuals, according to the Craven County Health Department, without giving further details.

There has been a severe outbreak of cases at PruittHealth-Trent and PruittHealth-Neuse, two skilled nursing facilities that focus on seriously ill and dying patients. Updated data from the state Tuesday showed 76 total cases and eight deaths between the two facilities.

The next state report is expected on Friday and should shed more light about where the newest cases originate.

Out of the 867 confirmed positive cases, 653 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 867 cases, 12 have been related to out of state travel, 161 are from community transmission, 600 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, and 94 are still being investigated.

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


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