The number of cases of Craven County-located COVID-19 has flattened since April 23, remaining at 39 cases (as reported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services) or 38 (as reported by the Craven County Health Department).

Craven County has seven confirmed active cases and three residents hospitalized. The last death was reported on April 21.

Other counties near or adjacent to Craven County continue to report increasing numbers of cases, and Craven still leads the region in the number of COVID-19-related deaths, at four.

Pitt County, the largest county in the region by population, has the largest number of cases, with 110 confirmed cases. Pitt County has reported two deaths.

Lenoir County’s number of cases has spiked to 45 cases and three deaths.

As the number of cases has increased in Craven County over the past six weeks, health officials have started compiling demographic data describing who has been catching the virus.

Black or African Americans, which make up 21 percent of Craven County’s population, account for 61 percent of total COVID-19 cases in the county, according to the Craven County Health Department.

Adults over 50 account for two-thirds of cases in Craven County, with males contracting the virus at a slightly higher percentage than females.

The Craven County Health Department’s tally of 38 confirmed COVID-19 cases includes 27 who have recovered. The recovered cases completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours.

Seven cases were related to out-of-state travel and account for almost all the early cases in the county. It is a number that has not changed since early April. Meanwhile, 22 cases are from community transmission that health officials have been unable to identify, and nine are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case.

There have been four deaths related to COVID-19. Three of the active COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized.

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, according to the county health department. 

There have been 9,142 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina, with 306 deaths. Of the state’s 100 counties, only five are COVID-19-free.

Updated daily by 11 a.m. Last updated 10:20 a.m., April 27, 2020. Data updated at 4 p.m. 

Laboratory-Confirmed Cases Deaths Completed Tests Currently Hospitalized Number of Counties
9,142 306 109,920 473 95


Gov. Roy Cooper has extended the stay-at-home order through May 8, and remote learning at public schools will remain through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Most private schools are following the state’s lead.

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 and reporting hospital 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 and reporting hospital and commercial labs.
  • Currently hospitalized reflect the number of patients with COVID-19 that are currently hospitalized in reporting hospitals.


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