Source: Craven County Health Department

Craven County on Tuesday reported the second worst one-day increases in the number of COVID-19 cases, and exposure to the virus has temporarily closed the county Register of Deeds office with no immediate way to provide document recording services.

The Craven County Health Department reported 63 new cases between Monday afternoon and 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.

For more New Bern Post COVID-19 coverage, go here.

It was the second worst single day of increases since about a month ago, Oct. 29-30, when 76 new cases were reported in the county over a 24-hour period. Just a few days ago, between Nov. 24-25, there were 62 cases were reported, the third highest single-day increase.

A check of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard shows no active outbreaks or cluster that would explain the recent spikes.

That means it comes down to widespread contagion throughout the county.

It is generally agreed that for every detected case, there are numerous more cases that go unnoticed or unreported and that involve active spreaders. The question is, how many more.

Some reports put the multiplier as high as 20, which would mean that 60 percent of Craven County residents have or have had the virus. Even if the multiplier is 10 undetected cases for every 1 detected case, that would mean that about 1 in 3 Craven County residents have been infected.

It’s hard to find any workplace, school, or place of worship that have not been affected by the virus.

In fact, just Tuesday, COVID-19 forced the temporary closure of the Craven County Register of Deeds office, leaving officials there scrambling to figure out a workaround to record vital documents until the office can reopen. More here.

Craven County Schools, meanwhile, reported four staff and one student tested positive around Nov. 29-30.

“This is not considered a cluster since the cases are not at the same school campus,” the school district said in its news release.

Craven County has 3,064 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2020. Of those, 291 are active cases, 12 are hospitalized, and 70 have died.

Out of the 3,064 confirmed positive cases, 2,703 have recovered.

Of the 3,064 cases, 31 have been related to out of state travel, 645 are from community transmission, 1,858 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, 228 are still being investigated, and 302 are unknown.

Craven County snapshot 

Confirmed Cases Active CasesRecovered DeathsHospitalized 
Source: Craven County Health Department

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