Craven County set another one-day record for new cases between Wednesday and Thursday at 86, setting another record, this one for active cases at 607, while recorded its 76th COVID-19-related death.
Next door, Pamlico County Schools is temporarily shuttering in-person classes after Friday “due to rising numbers in positive COVID cases and mandatory quarantines throughout the school district.”
All Pamlico K-8 students will attend class virtually between Dec. 14-18. Grades 9-12 will follow their exam schedule next week. After Christmas Break, all classes will be virtual between Jan. 4-15.
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“By adding 2 virtual weeks at the beginning of January, we are hoping to lessen the rise of cases from the Christmas holidays that we have experienced after the Thanksgiving holidays,” the school district announced on Thursday.
Craven County Schools Spokesperson Jennifer Wagner said there are no planned changes.
“Our Board of Education will be meeting next week (December 15th) for their monthly meeting, so if any changes to the schedule are necessary it will be discussed and voted on then,” she told New Bern Post.
Craven County Schools on Thursday reported two staff and six students tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 8 and 9. The new cases do not constitute a cluster because they are not isolated to a single campus.
So far this school year, 42 staff and 34 students have tested positive for COVID-19 in Craven County Schools this school year. There were two clusters during that time period, one at Creekside Elementary School and one at New Bern High School. Data here.
Craven County has 3,665 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2020.
Out of the 3,665 confirmed positive cases, 2,982 of those individuals have recovered, 607 are active, 76 have died, and 19 are hospitalized.
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A unidentified Craven County resident became the 76th fatality from complications related to COVID-19 in Craven County on Dec. 9, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on Dec. 4, 2020 and resulted positive the same day. The individual had underlying health conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released.
Craven County snapshot