Craven County set a one-day record of 29 residents hospitalized for COVID-19-related reasons on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020.

The previous record was 27 cases set on Oct. 15 and tied on Dec. 28.

CarolinaEast Medical Center has 35 total COVID-19 cases and its ICU beds are at 80 percent capacity, according to New York Times tracking data. CarolinaEast has five remaining ICU beds available, according to the tracking data.

Meanwhile the number of new cases in Craven County jumped by 86 between Monday and Tuesday, with one new death.

It’s too early to tell whether the jump in cases over the last 24 hours is a resurgence of the Thanksgiving spikes, which had dipped over the previous five days, or the beginning of an expected Christmas Break spike.

Anticipating a post-Christmas spike similar to one experienced following Thanksgiving, Craven County Schools has delayed the start of in-person classes in January (link).

The numbers

Craven County has 4,862 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020.

Since Monday, 89 COVID-19 patients have been declared recovered–three more than the number of new cases over the same period.

Out of the 4,862 confirmed positive cases, 3,965 of those individuals have recovered or are presumed recovered based on guidelines set by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

An unidentified Craven County resident died from complications related to COVID-19 on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on Dec. 1, 2020 and resulted positive on Dec. 2, 2020. The individual had underlying health conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released.

Craven County snapshot

Confirmed Active Recovered DeathsHospitalized 

Sources of spread

Past 24 hours

Out-of-state travelCommunity transmissionDirect contactUnder investigationUnknown
UnchangedUp 101Up 115Down 115Unchanged
Changes Dec. 30-31, 2020

While the number of out-of-state, community transmission, and direct contact cases are much smaller than usual, the number of cases under investigation has gone up significantly, as has the number of cases of unknown origin.

All time

Other data


  1. Why are we not looking at “current” or this month’s numbers as opposed to cumulative numbers going back to early 2020? Active/current numbers, while less sensational (as media prefer) are much more indicative of current ststus. At the end of 2021, will we still be reporting cumulative (one year or older) numbers. I notice we do not report flu numbers cumulative over multiple years.

    1. Author

      This article does include active and new cases. As for flu, starting Oct. 1 and the 2020-21 flu season, there has been one death as of today … statewide.

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