ZIP Code-based data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shows that the majority of Craven County’s COVID-19 cases are located in and around New Bern.

Thirty-one of Craven County’s confirmed cases, and three of its four deaths, were from patients who reside within the 28560 and 28562 ZIP codes. That area includes New Bern, River Bend, Trent Woods, James City, Fairfield Harbour, and smaller communities, for a combined population of about 50,000 of the county’s 103,000 residents.

That means that the New Bern area, with about 48 percent of the county’s population, accounts for about 77 percent of the county’s cases and 75 percent of the fatalities.

The third most affected ZIP code area in Craven County is 28586, which includes Vanceboro, with six cases and no deaths.

The 28532 ZIP code, which includes Havelock, Craven County’s second largest city, accounts for just two cases of COVID-19 and one death. Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station has its own ZIP code, and while the state reported no cases or deaths in the Cherry Point ZIP Code, the base itself had earlier reported one case.

Regionally, Craven and its neighboring and nearby counties reported an increase of 123 cases and no deaths, with the largest increases in Lenoir and Pitt counties.

The Craven County Health Department’s update on Sunday of 42 cases caught up with what the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has been reporting for several days,

Craven County has 42 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of noon Sunday.

Out of the 42 confirmed positive cases, 34 have recovered.

Of the 42 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, 23 are from community transmission, and 12 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive cases.

There have been four deaths related to COVID-19. Of the active COVID-19 cases, one is still hospitalized.


Total Confirmed Cases Craven County

Active Cases

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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. 


Since Saturday, North Carolina reported 741 new cases and 23 new deaths. The number of hospitalized patients dropped by 72.

Updated daily by 11 a.m. Last updated 11:00 a.m., May 3, 2020. 

Laboratory-Confirmed Cases Deaths Completed Tests Currently Hospitalized Number of Counties
11,664 422 143,835 475 99

Knowing when to dial up or down social distancing and other protections depends on two factors: our Trends in key metrics, and our capacity to conduct Testing and Tracing. Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen announced a combination of key metrics that North Carolina is watching to inform decisions to ease restrictions. These key metrics are included below. 

Laboratory-Confirmed Cases reflect cases that were tested and returned positive, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospital and commercial labs. All data are preliminary. Not all cases of COVID-19 are tested, so this does not represent the total number of people in North Carolina who have or had COVID-19.

Deaths reflect deaths in persons with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 reported by local health departments to the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Completed tests reflect testing completed by the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospital and commercial labs.

Currently hospitalized reflect the number of patients with COVID-19 that are currently hospitalized in reporting hospitals.

For COVID-19 U.S. case information go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.


  1. I am concerned as a Registers Nurse of a different state with a friend that works on the Cherry Point Base, that total accounting of on base cases and contract tracing is been done to mitigate a cluster being identified. Also there seems to be an extreme lag in getting government employees tested that have been associated so that perhaps blame fire cases can be placed outside of the base. This is a Public Health concern and transparency is not demonstrated.

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