Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Associated with Nursing and Rehab Center

For Immediate Release:
April 4, 2020
2:30 p.m.

Smithfield, North Carolina – Three cases of COVID-19 have been associated with a Nursing and Rehab center in Clayton, the Johnston County Health Department reported on Saturday.  The cases at the Springbrook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center have been with residents of the facility. Springbrook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center’s parent company is Principle Long Term, Inc.

Public Health Director, Dr. Marilyn Pearson stated, “The safety of all Johnston County residents is our priority.  Upon notification of the initial positive case, facility management was contacted by the Public Health Department and we informed our partners at NC DHHS and the Division of Health Services Regulation.

A COVID-19 outbreak in a congregate setting is defined as two or more laboratory confirmed cases. Guidance was provided to the facility for long-term care settings from NC DHHS, including adhering to infection prevention precautions for residents and staff and limiting opportunities for the infection to spread to others in the facility.“