Jones County is the smallest county in this region by population but has the second highest per-capita case rate (27 per 10,000, which is actually higher than the number of cases that it has), and tied for third with the most number of deaths at three.

Only Lenoir County has a higher per-capita case rate in the eight-county region in and around Craven County.

Jones County has a population of 9,776, has 26 lab-reported cases (by the NCDHHS count) and three COVID-19-related deaths.

A reportable COVID-19 associated death is defined as a person that was positive for the virus at their time of death. However, that does not necessarily mean the cause of death was from COVID-19. That is all determined by the provider filling out the death certificate.

There have been 410 known tests in Jones County, including 247 tests performed during a drive-through clinic held May 16.

Of those tests, there were 156 negative results, 25 positive results, with 229 still pending results.

At present, four Jones County residents are self-isolating at home, 18 have recovered, and three have died.

Craven County, meanwhile, reported 188 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on May 27, 2020.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services had been reporting 192 cases for Craven County over the past couple of days, but adjusted its number down to 186 in Wednesday’s report.

The number of active cases continues to drop and the number of recovered cases continues to climb, according to CCHD reports.

Out of the 188 confirmed positive cases, 82 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.

Of the 188 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 27 are from community transmission, and 154 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case.  There have been four deaths related to COVID-19. Three of the active COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized.


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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.   


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