Craven County has been averaging about 80 new COVID-19 cases per day since Friday. It also added two virus-related deaths, bringing the county’s death toll to 82.

But, on the bright side, you can get your cocktail to go or even have it delivered to your home, all in the name of containing the spread. (More)

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Today’s New Bern Post update includes updates of all informational graphics, comparisons, and data collections, so if you’re into that kind of thing, you’ll want to check it out.

Starting with deaths.

Two unidentified Craven County residents have died from complications related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Patient 81 died on Dec. 19, 2020 and Patient 82 died on Dec. 21, 2020. Both individuals had underlying health conditions. To protect the privacy of each individual’s family, no further information about the individuals will be released.  

Scroll down for a complete listing of deaths.

Onto our current Post-Thanksgiving spike and secondary infections. We’re still in the thick of it, and starting in a few days, a spike including holiday shoppers and revelers will start showing up.

Craven County Schools, meanwhile, have reported 48 COVID-19 cases in December alone, including four staff and eight students this week. (Details)

Since the last Craven County COVID-19 New Bern Post update on Friday, the day-by-day increases were: 30 on Friday, 29 on Saturday, 118 on Sunday, 11 on Monday, and 92 cases today.

Craven County has 4,524 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.

Of those, 3,557 have recovered or are presumed recovered based on guidelines set by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Craven County snapshots

Confirmed Cases Active CasesRecovered DeathsCurrently Hospitalized 
Source: Craven County Health Department

How we are catching the virus in Craven County

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

Noteworthy in the transmission statistics shown above is that community transmission, while still high, is significantly lower than direct contact numbers. People are more often catching the virus from people they know, although 1 in 4 have been catching out in the community in this recent 5-day period of statistics. This is consistent with trends since March.

Also, 60 cases have been added to the “unknown” category. Contact tracers seem to be having an increasingly difficult time determining how people are getting sick. Not that “under investigation” went down 42 and “unknown” went up 60. With 534 still under investigation, their workload is significant and going to get busier as we enter the Christmas break.

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Here are some more charts:

Eastern North Carolina

Sources: U.S. Census, N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services

In the chart above, note that Craven County still leads the region in deaths, with 82.

Pitt County, the second largest in population of the 8 in this region, has the highest number of cases (at 10,385) as well as the highest cases per 10,000 residents (575/10,000).

Craven County COVID-19 cases by ZIP Codes

The 28562 ZIP code (New Bern) has the highest number of cases in Craven County, but the 28560 ZIP code (also New Bern) has the highest number of deaths.

New Bern Post data collections

Data collection in one place


  1. “,,,in a few days…”
    Dr Scott Harrelson obviously does not need updated statistics as the author has alteady pre determined the next spike in cases…days in advance…either through ESP or divine intervention. How thrilling

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