Johnston County declares State of Emergency over COVID-19


SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) — Johnston County declared a State of Emergency over COVID-19 on Monday morning, according to a news release.

In a statement from the Johnston County Board of Commissioners, Chairman Ted G. Godwin wrote that the “events of the past several days have been unprecedented and unnerving.”


After meeting with the Emergency Management team and the Johnston County Health Department, it was agreed that a proclamation for a State of Emergency should be made “primarly because of procedural and logistical requirements for expedited assistance from state and federal aid agencies.”

Godwin wrote that their team “feels that this declaration will strategically position our local emergency management personnel to receive necessary equipment and supplies more quickly.”

So far there have been two reported cases of COVID-19 in Johnston County and 32 overall in the state. The two people with coronavirus in Johnston County live in the same home, officials said.

Wake County leads the state with 14 cases.

The State of Emergency went into effect at 8 a.m. on Monday.

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