Craven County sees a slight increase: Calm before the storm?
Craven County added four new, laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 129 confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. on May 18, 2020.
It’s a respite compared to the previous week, which saw a cluster of friends, family, and co-workers skyrocket the county’s number of cases by 70 patients.
None of the 70 were aware that they had contracted COVID-19 until tests started coming back positive early last week.
It is possible, maybe even likely, that medical workers told members of the cluster to isolate themselves until test results were returned. It is unknown how many of those who came back positive were asymptomatic and were tested only because those around them were feeling sick.
Those individuals would have been circulating about the community — at work, at grocery stores, and so on — unaware that they could be spreading the highly contagious virus.
The next thing the community should be watching for is whether there will be new spikes and clusters over the next week or two due to this cluster, Phase 1 openings, and churches resuming in-person services.
Out of the 129 confirmed positive cases in Craven County, 40 of those individuals have recovered, 85 are active, one is hospitalized, and four have died.
A recovered case completed the necessary isolation requirement and has been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours.
Of the 129 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 24 are from community transmission of unknown origin, and 97 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case.
One case is still being investigated.
Craven County citizens are encouraged to use primary sources of information to learn more about COVID-19 cases in Craven County and North Carolina.
Primary sources of information include the Craven County Health Department and NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) websites.
It should be noted that while these sources of information may be accurate, they may not be complete, and due to federal privacy laws, may restrict information if it can be used to identify specific patients.
Also, reports may differ between the county health department and the state. When using the NCDHHS COVID-19 site to stay up to date, keep in mind that county case numbers may change once residency is verified. Therefore, the total number on the county map may differ from the number of Craven County Cases.
New Bern Post has been using these primary sources, as well as other primary sources, for the bulk of its reporting.
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.
The region of eight counties in and around Craven County saw small increases in seven out of the eight counties, but nothing like the spikes that have been seen in Pitt, Lenoir, and Craven counties over the past weeks.
North Carolina has seen 511 new cases and two deaths over the past 24 hours.
Updated daily by 11 a.m. Last updated 11:00 a.m., May 18, 2020.
Number of Counties
Knowing when to dial up or down social distancing and other protections depends on two factors: our Trends in key metrics, and our capacity to conduct Testing and Tracing. Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen announced a combination of key metrics that North Carolina is watching to inform decisions to ease restrictions. These key metrics are included below.
Laboratory-Confirmed Cases reflect cases that were tested and returned positive, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health, reporting hospitals and commercial labs. All data are preliminary. Not all cases of COVID-19 are tested, so this does not represent the total number of people in North Carolina who have or had COVID-19.
Deaths reflect deaths in persons with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 reported by local health departments to the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
Completed tests reflect testing completed by the NC State Laboratory of Public Health, reporting hospitals and commercial labs.
Currently hospitalized reflect the number of patients with COVID-19 that are currently hospitalized in reporting hospitals.