Five new cases put Craven County over the 200 mark for lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients, with a total of 203 cases by 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2020.

After a pause centered around the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Craven County has resumed a relatively steep upward trajectory in COVID-19 growths.

The daily report from the Craven County Health Department did not indicate whether the new cases as of Saturday were related to Phase 1 or Phase 2 relaxation of preventive measures, or if they were related to a large cluster of family, friends, and co-workers that originated in a neighboring county.

But all the new cases were contracted from known sources and not attributed to community spread.

Here’s the data.

A majority of these super cluster cases reside in the 28562 ZIP code, 133 total cases of the county’s 204 total cases and two deaths. As new cases emerged in the cluster, the increase was usually reflected in the 2852 ZIP code. Another 59 cases and two deaths reside in the 28560 ZIP code. One other Craven County resident who died of COVID-19-related causes resided in the 28532 ZIP code, which has reported only two total cases.

Out of the 203 confirmed positive cases reported by the Craven County Health Department, 90 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 203 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 27 are from community transmission, and 169 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case.

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.  


The eight-county region in and around Craven County added 31 lab-confirmed cases but no deaths over the past 24 hours. The counties with the largest numbers of cases each added around a half dozen or slightly more cases each. Worth noting is Pamlico County, the county with the lowest count. It added one case, bringing its total to 10.

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