Craven County has added 171 new COVID-19 cases so far this month, averaging 57 new cases per day.
At this rate, the county will add almost 1,800 cases this month.
Respiratory illnesses such as colds and flu tend to ramp up during winter, so such a scenario for COVID-19 is not only possible, it is likely — and possibly an underestimate.
COVID-19 is widespread in Craven County, reflected in the number of community-spread cases and cases categorized as “unknown.”
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Craven County has 3,172 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Dec. 3, 2020. While the number of days it has been taking the county to increase by 100 cases is still at two, it is more like 1 1/2 days.
Another death has been reported of a Craven County resident, and the number of hospitalizations of Craven County residents has been steadily rising, and is at 15 as of today.
The number of active cases has also sharply increased to a level not seen since mid-September, and may set a record for Craven County over the next 24 hours.
In short, wear a mask, keep your distance, and wash your hands frequently.
Of the 3,172 cases, 34 have been related to out-of-state travel, an increase of three just this month alone. That’s another figure that has been rising at a faster rate than previously seen.
There are 681 cases blamed on community transmission, and 356 categorized as “unknown.”
This spike in cases has not been due to any single outbreak or cluster. The increases have followed Halloween, Election Day, and now, Thanksgiving.
Moving forward, holiday shopping and Christmas-New Year’s Day week provide further opportunities for the virus to spread.
Of the rest, 1,910 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case and 191 are still being investigated.
An unidentified Craven County resident died from complications related to COVID-19 on Dec. 1, 2020, the first of the month but the 73rd in this county since the virus was first detected in mid-March.
The individual was tested for COVID-19 on Nov. 6, 2020 and resulted positive the same day.
The individual, like all 72 that preceded him or her, had underlying health conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released.
Craven County snapshot
Out of the 3,172 confirmed positive cases, 2,764 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 24 hours.