The eight-county region in and around Craven County has seen an increase of three deaths and 246 lab-confirmed cases over the past week.
Craven County, meanwhile, has recovered from the spike in cases caused by a cluster that first started appearing in mid-May that added more than 150 cases. The cluster included family, friends, and co-workers and was apparently ignited at a food processing plant in Lenoir County.
That’s the good news. Not so good news is the fact that the pace of new cases in the county is accelerating at more than twice the pace than was experienced before the cluster.
On top of that, the pace appears to be increasing for community transmissions — cases for which the source is unknown.
That slight uptick, visible as the gold line on the graphic below, could be attributed to softening of restrictions under Phase 1 on May 8 and Phase 2 on May 22.
With new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continuing to rise statewide, North Carolina won’t move to Phase 3 on Friday, which had been the earliest projected start date to return the state to more normal operations.
As long as people continue to conduct their lives as if there was no pandemic, the numbers will continue to rise.