Updated with county, regional, and state information | Craven County has 133 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on May 19, 2020, an increase of four cases over the past 24 hours, according to North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services data.
While relatively small, the increase marks two straight weeks of daily increases, including a cluster of about 70 cases involving family, friends, and co-workers that began to emerge in lab testing last week.
The increasing number of cases in Craven County is having other impacts. BSH, for example, shut down an assembly line in New Bern when it was discovered that a worker there tested positive. It was the second time in two months that BSH closed down due to COVID-19.
Meanwhile, in Lenoir County, two COVID-19 patients with pre-existing conditions died over the past 24 hours.
While 44 infected individuals have recovered in Craven County, 84 are considered active and four have died.
The recovered cases completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours.
Of the 132 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 25 are from community transmission, and 100 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case.
Two of the active COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized.
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.
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.
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.
An eight-county region in and around Craven County saw an increase of 20 COVID-19 cases and, in Lenoir County, two deaths. The largest increase was in Pitt County, which is unsurprising in that it is the second largest county in this region. What is surprising is that Onslow County, the largest county, has the fourth largest number of COVID-19 cases. At 80 cases and two deaths, Onslow County is significantly behind Pitt, Lenoir, and Craven counties.
There have been a total of 20 deaths in this region. The two deaths in Lenoir County is a 10 percent increase and the largest single-day increase so far.
There were 777 new, lab-confirmed cases over the past 24 hours, as well as 30 deaths.
Avery County reported one new case. Why is that significant? Avery County had been the last of North Carolina’s 100 counties to be COVID-19-free — until now.
Updated daily by 11 a.m. Last updated 2:00 p.m., May 19, 2020.
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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.
New: Weekly report on COVID-19 Patients Presumed to be Recovered updated every Monday by 4 p.m.
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.
For COVID-19 U.S. case information go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
|Craven County||New Bern||103,374||Eastern||133||4|
|Greene County||Snow Hill||21,059||Eastern||50||2|
|Hyde County||Swan Quarter||5,507||Eastern||1||0|
|New Hanover County||Wilmington||219,866||Eastern||134||3|
|Pasquotank County||Elizabeth City||39,546||Eastern||87||7|
|Swain County||Bryson City||14,208||Western||6||0|