Craven County’s cumulative COVID-19 count was at 6,338 late Saturday afternoon, with deaths remaining steady at 89.

The last New Bern Post COVID-19 update was on Jan. 13, when the count stood at 6,094. The county has averaged 81 new cases per day during that three-day period.

In the last 14 days, Craven County has seen its cumulative case count rise by 1,041 cases.

Put another way, 16 percent of Craven County’s COVID-19 total cases have occurred since the end of the Christmas Holiday break.

Craven County is listed among critical counties.

A total of 439 Craven County residents have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. Thirty-four of the COVID-19 cases were hospitalized as of Friday. This does not reflect the total COVID-19 census at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern, which is a regional hospital. 

The Craven County Health Department updated the local COVID-19 vaccination plan in accordance with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) plan that directly aligns with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. The CDC announced new guidance this week regarding individuals 65 years of age and older. 

The NCDHHS has recategorized priority populations into groups. Craven County is currently vaccinating Groups 1 and 2.

  • Group 1 – Health care workers fighting COVID-19 and Long-Term care staff and residents
  • Group 2 – Older adults
  • Group 3 – Frontline essential workers
    • Anyone 65 years of age or older, regardless of health status or living situation.
    • The CDC defines frontline essential workers as workers who are in sectors essential to the functioning of society and who are at substantially higher risk for exposure to COVID-19.
  • Group 4 – Adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness
    • Anyone 16-64 years of age with high-risk medical conditions that increase risk of severe disease from COVID-19 such as cancer, COPD, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes, among others, regardless of living situation.
    • Anyone who is incarcerated or living in other close group living settings who is not already vaccinated due to age, medical condition, or job function.
    • Essential workers not yet vaccinated. The CDC defines those as workers in transportation and logistics, water and wastewater, food service, shelter and housing (i.e., construction), finance (i.e., bank tellers), information technology and communications, energy, legal, media, public safety (i.e., engineers), and public health workers.
  • Group 5 – Everyone who wants and safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination

For updates on which groups are currently being vaccinated, vaccination locations, appointments, and resources please visit the COVID-19 vaccine page at and the Craven County Health Department Facebook page @cravencountyhealth.

Citizens that do not have access to the internet should call the COVID-19 vaccine call center at 252-636-6693; pass this phone number on to anyone you know who does not have internet access.

Call center staff are available from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer questions and assist individuals that do not have access to the internet.  

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