Craven County has 138 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on May 20, 2020, continuing a trend of daily increases that has lasted for two weeks.

Wednesday’s increase totaled 5, a small increase when compared to the cluster spike of more than 70 cases that emerged in laboratory testing last week.

More sobering is the number of cases that are hospitalized, increasing from two to four in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the death count in Craven County has remained at four.

Out of the 138 confirmed positive cases, 45 have recovered, 89 are active, four are hospitalized, and four have died.

Those individuals who have recovered are doing well, and are out of isolation. The recovered cases completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours.

Of the 138 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 25 are from community transmission, and 106 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case.

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, please 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.

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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.


There were no severe spikes in new cases in the eight-county region in and around Craven County over the past 24 hours, and no new deaths.


Updated daily by 11 a.m. Last updated at 12:15 p.m., on May 20, 2020.

Knowing when to dial up or down measures that slow the spread of the virus depends on North Carolina’s testing, tracing and trends. This dashboard provides an overview on the metrics and capacities that the state is following.



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