Johnston County Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

SMITHFIELD – A Johnston County employee has tested positive for COVID-19.  The employee works for the Department of Social Services.   County officials notified the 300 plus DSS workers late-Tuesday the employee was tested and has been self-isolating since the onset of their symptoms.

Co-workers who had been in close contact with the individual have been identified and instructed to self-quarantine.   The number of employees told to self-quarantine was not disclosed.

DSS offices were cleaned and sanitized after the employee tested positive for COVID-19.

In a letter to employees, officials said, ” We are here to support everyone during this difficult time.  We send our best wishes to the people affected.  Thanks for all you do – we’ll get through this together.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Johnston County with 3 deaths.  Health officials are investigating a fourth death to see if may be linked.