Five members of the New Bern High School football team have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
The report was included in data released by the state as part of its monitoring of ongoing clusters in school settings.
Craven County Schools has reported that four students and five staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since late August, including two staff members added to the list this week.
It is unclear about the discrepancy between the number of student cases it has reported, and the number of football team members the state is reporting, unless some of the cases for the New Bern High football team include staff.
Craven County Schools does not report the schools where COVID-19 cases are breaking out, although the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has no qualms about releasing such data.
As a whole, Craven County has 1,403 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 267 active cases, 17 hospitalizations (the highest to date since the virus first appeared in Craven County in mid-March), and 31 deaths.
It took just three days for Craven County to go from 1,300 cases to 1,400 cases, the shortest period of time to add 100 cases since the pandemic started in Craven County.
The number of Craven County residents who are hospitalized with the virus is a significant escalation over the past three days, when it went from 7 cases hospitalized to 17.
On the bright side, 1,105 people have recovered from the virus in Craven County and are no longer in isolation.
Most of Craven County’s cases have come from direct contact with someone known to have the virus – 927 in all. Another 223 have contracted the virus from unknown sources from within the community, and 18 contracted it from out-of-state travel.
There are 174 cases that are under investigation, and 61 cases whose source is simply categorized as “unknown.”
With 31 deaths, Craven County leads an eight-county region of neighboring and nearby counties, including Onslow and Pitt counties, both much larger counties with much higher COVID-19 counts.
Craven County Snapshots
March 14 First case confirmed in Craven County
March 29 First community-spread case identified in Craven County
April 2 First reported recovery in Craven County
April 5 Hospitalized cases start being reported at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern
April 9 First death in Craven County
April 17 Second death in Craven County
April 19 Third death in Craven County
April 21 Fourth death in Craven County.
May 8 Phase 1 begins
May 12-27 A cluster of friends, family, and co-workers adds 142 cases in Craven County
May 17 Craven County passes 100 lab-confirmed cases
May 22 Phase 2 begins
May 27 Fifth death in Craven County
May 28 National death toll equals and then surpass entire population of Craven County (103,374)
May 30 Craven County passes 200 lab-confirmed cases
June 19 Sixth death in Craven County
June 19 Craven County passes 300 lab-confirmed cases
June 19 Phase 3 delayed
July 2 Seventh death in Craven County
July 5 Eighth death in Craven County
July 7 Craven County surpasses 400 lab-confirmed cases
July 18 Craven County passes 500 lab-confirmed cases
July 21 Cluster emerges at PruittHealth-Trent, a New Bern skilled nursing facility. By July 24, there were 42 cases among staff and patients. Two other local facilities reported smaller outbreaks.
July 26 Craven County passes 600 lab-confirmed cases
July 28 Ninth death in Craven County
July 29 10th death in Craven County
Aug. 4 11th death in Craven County
Aug. 5 12th death in Craven County
Aug. 5 Phase 3 delayed
Aug. 6 Craven County passes 700 lab-confirmed cases
Aug. 7 13th death in Craven County
Aug. 9 14th death in Craven County
Aug. 10 15th, 16th, and 17th deaths in Craven County
Aug. 13 18th and 19th deaths in Craven County.
Craven County passes 800 lab-confirmed deaths
Aug. 17 20th death in Craven County
Aug. 18 21st and 22nd deaths in Craven County
Aug. 19 23rd death in Craven County
Aug. 21 24th and 25th deaths in Craven County.
Craven County passes 900 lab-confirmed deaths
Aug. 22 26th death in Craven County
Aug. 29 Craven County passes 1,000 lab-confirmed cases
Aug. 30 27th death in Craven County
Aug. 3 Craven County passes 1,100 lab-confirmed cases
Sept. 4 Phase 2.5 begins
Sept. 6 28th death in Craven County
Sept. 10 29th death in Craven County
Craven County passes 1,200 lab-confirmed cases
Sept. 11 30th death in Craven County
Sept. 14 31st death in Craven County
Sept. 15 Craven County passes 1,300 lab-confirmed cases
Sept. 18 Craven County passes 1,400 lab-confirmed cases