REVISED | Craven County has 168 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on May 22, 2020, the Craven County Health Department reported Friday.

That’s another 28 cases over the previous 24 hours, all of which are traceable to someone who was previously identified as positive.

Over the past seven days there has been a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Craven County. With the exception of two cases, all of the most recent cases are due to direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case. These newest COVID-19 cases are isolated to a segment of friends, family members, and co-workers.

That cluster, which originated in a neighboring county at a workplace and was transmitted to Craven County by carpool, totals 123 as of Friday afternoon.

In all, 80 percent of Craven County’s cases have been linked to identified sources.

It is unsurprising that Craven County is experiencing a second wave in this spike, as new cases emerge that were infected but undetected during the first wave.

There are 250 contact tracers in North Carolina, according to the NCDHHS, but the majority are busy in major urban areas and are spread thin in rural parts of the state, especially when there are other rural counties such as Lenoir, Sampson, and Duplin, that are experiencing even larger spikes.

The number of recovered cases in Craven County has not changed over the past few days, but the number of active cases has climbed to 119 cases.

The health department said 45 have recovered 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 168 cases, seven have been related to out of state travel, a number that has not changed since shortly after Craven County’s outbreak.

Another 26 are from community transmission for which medical officials could not find the source.

The rest, 135, are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case.

There have been four deaths related to COVID-19 in Craven County. Four of the active COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized.


Total Confirmed Cases Craven County

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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.           

Craven County COVID-19 Cases by Age, Gender, Death Rate, and Mode of Transmission







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Community Transmission

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*Rates are calculated using population estimates from the US Census Bureau

When using the NCDHHS COVID-19 site to stay up to date, please keep in mind that county case numbers may change once residency is verified. Therefore, the total number on the county map may differ from the number of Craven County Cases.

Case chart 5-22-20

Case chart 2 5-22-20

*Charts contain data collected up to May 21, 2020.

Note: As you review the data, please be aware this data is preliminary and may change as cases are investigated. Percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Also, the data is representative of the confirmed cases, not of all COVID-19 cases in Craven County.


The eight-county region of Craven County and neighboring and nearby counties had a rough 24 hours, with 52 new cases including 28 in Craven and 12 in Pitt County. (Note: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect death count for Carteret County based on erroneous information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The correct count, three, was confirmed by the Carteret County Health Department. The chart below has also been revised with the correct information.)

The highest rates per 10,000 residents continue to be, in order from highest, Lenoir, Jones, and Craven counties.


Despite accelerating growth of cases in our region, North Carolina entered Phase 2 to relax measures intended to slow the spread of the virus.

Here are stats from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.








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