Johnston County Receives Notification of 3rd Positive COVID-19 Case

For Immediate Release:      

Johnston County Receives Notification of 3rd Positive COVID-19 Case
March 20, 2020

Smithfield, NC — Johnston County received notice from the State Lab on Friday, March 20th, that a 3rd resident has tested positive for COVID-19.  The affected person is currently in isolation at home.

“Now that we know that there is community wide spread, we ask our residents to follow the recommendations to decrease the spread of this virus,” said Johnston County Health Director Dr. Marilyn Pearson.

The county’s public health team encourages you to protect yourself from COVID-19 and any other flu-like illness by following these simple steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay away from sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces – especially ones that are touched frequently – using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you’re sick and don’t send sick children to childcare.

The best place to find the most up to date information on COVID-19 is on In addition to the website, NCDHHS has established a public health COVID-19 information line for anyone to call with questions at 866-462-3821.

The county is also sharing important information on our social media accounts.