Craven County added 118 cases between around noon Friday and noon Monday, with a sharp drop-off starting Saturday that could indicate that the Thanksgiving-caused spike is subsiding–just in time for an inevitable Christmas spike.

Meanwhile, an unidentified Craven County resident died late last week of COVID-19-related causes, bringing the county’s death toll to 78.

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Craven County has 3,838 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, according to the Craven County Health Department.

Of the newest cases:

  • 75 were confirmed on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
  • 17 on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
  • 23 on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020
  • 3 on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

The next thing to watch for is Tuesday’s daily report from the Craven County Health Department, which will reflect a full weekday count. If it approaches the number seen last Friday, it can be assumed that we’re not yet through this spike. If it continues the trend since Saturday, it can be assumed that the spike is ending.

One milestone that Craven County hit over the weekend is the number of recovered cases: the county passed the 3,000 mark. Out of the 3,838 confirmed positive cases, 3,031 have recovered.

While that may seem to be a positive milestone, the number of active cases has never been higher, with 729 cases as of Monday–68 more than on Friday, and once again, a new record.

Among the 3,838 total cases, 21 are hospitalized (statistically unchanged since last week) and 78 have died.

New fatality

The latest-reported Craven County death died of complications of COVID-19 on Dec, 10, 2020 after a month-long fight to live. The individual was tested on Nov. 15, 2020 and resulted positive the same day.

The individual had underlying health conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released.

Sources of transmission

Out-of-state travelCommunity transmissionDirect contactUnder investigationUnknown
381,0142,626648714
UnchangedUp 101Up 115Down 115Unchanged
Changes Dec. 30-31, 2020

The transmission numbers over the weekend show a positive development in the “community transmission” category, or cases where people have caught COVID-19 in the community from an unknown infectious person.

Throughout last week, the daily number was nearly the same as the number for direct contacts, or cases where people have caught COVID-19 from someone they know, such as a relative, friend, or co-worker.

What last week’s number reflected is people who caught the virus during the holidays, and then spread it to others both who they know and those they don’t know.

The number of community transmissions in Monday’s report is more like it was pre-Thanksgiving spike, with a much lower number of community spread cases.

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Craven County snapshot

CasesActive Recovered DeathsHospitalized 
3,8387293,0317821
Source: Craven County Health Department

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