Phase 1 and Phase 2 relaxation of COVID-19 preventive restrictions may be to blame for an uptick in laboratory-confirmed, community-spread cases in Craven County.

After a lull of several days, Craven County saw an increase of seven cases in the past 24 hours, four of which were attributed to “community spread.” The remaining three new cases are from unknown sources.

Community spread cases are when an individual likely caught the virus in Craven County, but the source is unknown.

Phase 1 began on May 8 and Phase 2 began on May 22. Restaurants resumed public seating in Phase 2, for example.

The Craven County Health Department reported 215 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on June 4, 2020. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 216 confirmed cases in Craven County.

Of the 215 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 31 are from community transmission, 174 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, and three are unknown at this time.

Out of the 215 confirmed positive cases, 143 of those individuals 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.   There have been five 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.

1 Comment

  1. Key phrase here is
    :”,, could be linked….”
    Is this a NC Governor quote or more likely a NCL DHHS quote?

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