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Free testing is offered at the Pitt County Health Department with money provided through the CARES Act. Staff began testing county residents in early June.

The average daily number of new COVID-19 cases fell slightly in Pitt County over a seven-day period ending Monday, while the state’s average rose for the sixth straight week with two new one-day highs.

A total of 330 new virus cases were reported among county residents between Oct. 13-19, an average of about 47 cases a day, according to data from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

That’s down from an average of about 53 cases a day between Oct. 6-12, when 374 new infections were recorded locally. Infections had been falling before Oct. 6, but they spiked on Oct. 7 with 107 new cases.

Only nine new cases were reported locally on Monday, down from 56 on Sunday and 69 on Saturday, the highest one-day total between Oct. 13-19.

State increases

The average daily number of new cases statewide for the seven-day period increased to 2,024, with 14,171 cases total. That’s up from a daily average of 1,856 during the period between Oct. 4-12.

DHHS reported new one-day highs for infections on Thursday, with 2,532 total new cases, and on Friday, with 2,684 cases. The previous one-day high had been on July 18, with 2,486 cases.

Hospitalizations also continue to be high with at least 1,142 people admitted statewide as of Sunday, the most recent data available. A total of 121 people were hospitalized at Vidant Health facilities in eastern North Carolina.

About 5.7 percent of tests were coming back positive statewide as of Saturday, the most recent data available. About 6.2 percent of tests among Pitt County residents were positive.

A total of 5,837 county residents now have tested positive for the virus since March. The Pitt County Health Department estimates that 5,098 people have recovered and 704 cases are active. The death toll on Monday was at 35, up two from this time last week.

A total of 247,172 North Carolinians have been infected with the virus, the state reported, and 3,939 have died, up from 3,773 the previous week.

ECU, Pitt schools

East Carolina University on Monday reported 31 new infections among students and four among employees between Oct. 11-17, a total of 35 new cases.

That’s down from 36 new infections between Oct. 4-10. There were 22 between Sept. 27 and Oct. 3 and 18 between Sept. 20-26. Cases peaked at 570 between Aug. 23-29.

Pitt County Schools on Friday reported nine new cases of COVID-19 from Oct. 9-15.

There have been 73 school-affected cases reported since classes resumed in August. The largest number of new cases, 16, was reported Oct. 2-8.

Of the approximately 23,000 students in the district, 11,350 are virtual learners. Nearly 11,800 students attend classes on campus, alternating weeks of on-campus and remote learning.

But beginning today, the alternating groups of elementary learners are scheduled to attend face-to-face classes together each week.

Congregant living

The latest state report on outbreaks of two or more cases at congregate living facilities reported that outbreaks have ended at Cypress Glen Retirement Community and Universal Health Care.

Eighteen staff members and 13 residents had been infected at Cypress Glen, and three residents died, the state reported. Eleven staff members and six residents had been infected at Universal Health Care-Greenville.

Sites listed on the report with ongoing outbreaks follow along with the number of cases at each facility:

  • Care One Assisted Living of Greenville: six staff and 18 residents; three resident deaths.
  • Oakhaven Assisted Living: four staff and 36 residents; five resident deaths.
  • MacGregor Downs Health and Rehabilitation Center: three staff and three residents; one staff death.
  • Pitt County Detention Center: eight staff and 27 inmates.
  • PruittHealth Farmville: 28 staff and 41 residents.
  • Tar River RHA Services: two staff members.
  • Winterville Manor; four staff and 19 residents.

Contact Kim Grizzard at or call 329-9578.